On Saturday, the finalists for the ATP 250 hardcourt competition were selected in San Diego. Russian seed Andrei Rublev was excluded from the tournament. Norway’s Casper Ruud saved his chance to win the title.

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Getty Images / Sean M. Haffey / Pictured: Casper Rudd

Fans gathered in the stands of Central Court did not complain of boredom on Saturday. They watched exciting high-level and exciting duels. In the first match there was a big surprise, because the defeat suffered by top seed Andrei Rublev. Cameron Norrie found the way to the Russian, who won 3:6, 6:3, 6:4.

The first group did not indicate a British victory. Muscovite quickly made a breakthrough and held on to his lead. In the second match, the key was the third match, in which Rublev did not break a break, and after switching the team, he himself lost his application. Since then, Nuri has served at a very high level. The Russian often got frustrated after unsuccessful plays, and his opponent did his job. In the third set, the Briton broke the third game and did not give up the lead until the end of the match.

Nouri has already claimed his 41st victory in this year’s main course. On Saturday, he repaid Rublev for the defeat he suffered last October in St Petersburg. – It’s good to have a rematch. He beat me easily lately, but I’ve improved quite a bit. Andre played great, but I was able to wait until the storm was over at the start of the second set. This is a great victory for me. This is definitely a match that I will remember for a long time – the Briton said in a post-match interview at the stadium (quote from atptour.com).

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There was no surprise in the second semi-final, although the fans also witnessed an exciting match. Ranked number two, Kasper Rudd finally beat Grigor Dimitrov 6:4, 4:6, 6:4. In the first set, the Norwegian made up for a breakout loss. In the second, the roles were reversed, because it was the tennis player from Oslo who wasted the break advantage. In the deciding edition, Dimitrov faced a moment of weakness in the seventh game that sealed his defeat.

When you compete with Grigor, you have to play well from both corners and run well because he can send winning balls from any position. This is one of the strongest opponents on the tour, he has it all in his winning group. I tried to stay in the game and scored some of the most important points that made me win, admitted Rudd, who was excited about his 46th win in 2021.

Nouri and Rood will face each other on Sunday for the first time in the main series. The Briton will fight for the second title in his career and the Norwegian for the sixth. The start of the final match at 1:00 AM Poland time. The broadcast will be available on Polsat Sport.

San Diego OpenSan Diego (USA)
ATP 250, hard courts, 600k prize pool. dollar
Saturday 2 October

Singles semi-finals:

Cameron Norrie (Great Britain) beat Andrei Rublev (Russia 1) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Casper Ruud (Norway 2) beat Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 6-4 4-6 6-4

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