Casper Ruud eases into maiden grand slam final at Roland Garros
Casper Ruud lost the opening set against a very inspired Marin Cilic but the Norwegian was able to establish control of the match later on to win 3-6 6-4 6-2 6-2.
It was an interesting match that lasted close to 3 hours and it saw Ruud advance past Cilic. The Croatian played largely the way he played all event long quite aggressively attacking. Ruud surprised many with his level of aggressiveness that was quite up there. He lost the opening set mainly due to the fact that Cilic was pretty good overall.
He was serving well and hitting well and when that happens it's very hard to beat him. Cilic had 15 winners in the opening set with Ruud only having 3. Things changed in the 2nd set as they were both on equal footing. It was a close set that Ruud won with 6-4 to make it 1-1. Cilic had one winner more but 7 errors more. Ultimately that proved too much.
The 4th set went to Ruud quite easily as Cilic continued to pile up the mistakes. It was the first set in which Cilic had more errors than winners and that was too much to overcome. Ruud served very well the entire match as well and that left very few chances for Cilic. In the final set, Cilic added some more errors for the final tally of 51 winners and 56 errors. Ruud had 39 and 21 and will face Nadal in the final.