There are two spots remaining in the semifinals of Roland Garros for the players in the bottom half of the draw. The 4th seed Casper Ruud and the 6th seed Holger Rune have lived up to their favoritism in each of their matches leading up to the quarterfinals, setting the stage for a rematch of their encounter in the 2022 French Open.
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On that occasion, a dramatic duel unfolded from the beginning, with intense exchanges that ended in victory for Ruud in four sets. With emotions running high, the Norwegian secured a crucial break against Rune, who expressed his frustration by shouting at his mother to leave the stadium.
During the match point of their encounter, Rune requested a review and disagreed with the umpire's decision. He then proceeded to give a cold handshake at the net to Ruud, who displayed a disapproving gesture without appearing too impressed. Following the controversy, the Danish player accused his opponent of shouting points in his face.
“He just goes straight to me and shouts 'JAAAA' straight up in my face. You can cheer on the court all you want. But that's such a bad style. Have a little respect,” Rune said.