The Norwegian player faced Reilly Opelka whom he bested a couple of times last year. Some of those matches were as was this one. Opelka rarely gets blown off the court because it's hard to break him several times in the match. Ruud was able to do it only once and it came late in the 2nd when the American struggled to a find a perfect rhythm.
As expected, the first set featured very little chances for the returning players. Both dominated on their own serve and we ended up in the tiebreak. When it mattered the most, Ruud secured a lead and finished the tiebreak with 7-2 thanks to some superb winners. The 2nd set pretty much followed the same pattern but this time around Ruud got a break point late.
He took it to finihs out the match 7-5. A good effort from Ruud to reach another final on clay.