Ruud halts Murray comeback to advance in San Diego

Casper Ruud overcame a break in the first set to battle past Andy Murray on Thursday night at the San Diego Open, securing his spot in the quarterfinals.

The Norwegian pulled off an amazing 7-5 6-4 victory over the former World No.1, as Murray was unable to hold onto the lead. After obtaining the early break to lead 2-1, the Brit struggled with his serve until he was finally broken back by Ruud. The World No.10 proceeded to break Murray again, preventing the set from going to a tiebreak.

Ruud displayed more aggression in the second set, racing to a 3-0 lead. The second seed was relentless in attacking Murray's second serve, allowing the three-time Grand Slam champion to only win 12 of 32 points in that department. Despite Murray's valiant attempt at a comeback, the Norwegian remained firm and sealed his victory after an hour and 49 minutes.

Awaiting Ruud in the quarterfinals is Lorenzo Sonego, as the ninth seed defeated rising American Sebastian Korda in straight sets earlier in the day.

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