Casper Ruud sets up French Open final against Novak Djokovic after straight sets win over 22nd seed Alexander Zverev at Roland Garros
- Casper Ruud beat Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in his French Open semi final
- The world number four will play in his second Roland Garros in a row on Sunday
- He will be up against 22-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic
A flawless Casper Ruud returned to the French Open final for a second year running by dismantling German 22nd seed Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 6-0 in a battle of big-hitters on Friday to set up a showdown with 22-times Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic.
Last year’s runner-up Ruud swapped early breaks with Zverev before turning up the heat on a warm evening on Court Philippe Chatrier by pounding the German with some vicious, spin-heavy forehands to go up 5-2 en route to claiming the opening set.
Zverev, playing in a third straight Roland Garros semi-final at the scene of his season-ending ankle injury last year, wasted an early opening in the next set and found himself in trouble as fourth seed Ruud snatched another break in the seventh game.
Ruud extended his lead in the match and continued to control the rallies from behind the baseline to frustrate an error-prone Zverev in the next set, before storming into a third Grand Slam final in his last five events going back to Roland Garros 2022.
Casper Ruud reached his second French Open final in a row by beating Alexander Zverev
The world number four won in straight sets as he looks to go one better than his runner-up finish in 2022
He will face 22-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday
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