Casper Ruud survives Lorenzo Sonego at Roland Garros
Casper Ruud opened this match very solidly. The Norwegian player knew what he had to do and he dictated the tempo well with his serve and forehand combination. Songo is a very streaky player that can play incredible tennis when things go well for him. It did not start well as he dropped the first 2-6. The 2nd set was much by Sonego who finally found his rhythm.
For a good portion of the match, Sonego dominated rallies with his forehand. He was hitting winners from all sides and he took the early lead. He served for the 2nd set at 5-4 but lost his serve. Eventually, he did get the better of Ruud in the tiebreak winning 7-3. It was not a bed set from Ruud but Sonego was spectacular. He was even more spectacular in the next one smashing Ruud 6-1.
In both of the sets that he won Sonego had more winners than Ruud and his winner number was also larger than his error number and that wasn't the case in the opening set. Set number 4 was the crucial set that could have ended it for Sonego. Neither found an early breakthrough but towards the end, Sonego's serve betrayed him a little bit and Ruud was able to win it 6-4.
In the final one, Ruud easily outplayed Sonego who was now rushing quite a bit and missing a lot of the shots he was making in the past hour. Ruud was very composed with very few errors and that proved the deciding factor.