Ruud advances to the 1st quarter-final of the Open | US Open Updates

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest news on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):

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3:40 p.m.

Casper Ruud continued his run at the US Open and his bid to become Norway’s first ranked No. 1 player with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2 win over Corentin Moutet .

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest news on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):

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3:40 p.m.

Casper Ruud continued his run at the US Open and his bid to become Norway’s first ranked No. 1 player with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2 win over Corentin Moutet .

He reached the quarter-finals of the US Open for the first time in his career.

Fifth-seeded Ruud, already the first Norwegian to appear in the third and fourth rounds of the US Open, must reach the final to at least have the opportunity to become the highest-ranked player in men’s tennis.

Moutet fell to 0-8 for life against top-10 opponents, but the Frenchman’s week at Flushing Meadows has already been a success. He became the first lucky loser (a player who fails to qualify but enters the main draw when someone withdraws) to reach the fourth round of the US Open.

Ruud, 23, Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and current number 1 Daniil Medvedev are the only players who can finish the tournament as the best player in the world. Rudd is ranked No. 7 in the world.

Ruud, who played for the first time at Arthur Ashe Stadium, faces Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals.

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3:05 p.m.

Italian Matteo Berrettini qualified for the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Davidovich Fokina had little left in the fifth set when he appeared to be out with an injury as the match was tied at 2-2. He fell in a heap after a tough split returning a ball along the baseline. He was on his knees and pounding the ground, wincing as he finally made his way to the bench. A coach rubbed ice on Davidovich Fokina’s left knee and leg every break.

Berrettini, the Wimbledon 2021 runner-up, has reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the fifth consecutive time. He dropped out of Wimbledon in June because he tested positive for COVID-19.

Berrettini worked most of the game but used 18 aces and six game-winning break points to advance.

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midday

It’s time for the biggest game yet in the US Open men’s draw.

Defending champion and No. 1 seed Daniil Medvedev takes on 23rd-seeded Nick Kyrgios in a showdown at Arthur Ashe Stadium where the winner is expected to be the overwhelming favorite to reach the final.

Kyrgios, 27, is 3-1 on aggregate against Medvedev. Despite having a career ranking of No. 13, Kyrgios is 14-11 against players currently ranked in the top 5.

Medvedev, who has made at least the semifinals of each of the last three US Opens, is trying to become the first repeat champion since Roger Federer won five in a row from 2004 to 2008. Kyrgios won the most recent match between the two, which took place in Montreal.

Medvedev is the only player in the top half of the draw who hasn’t dropped a set. No man has won a US Open title without dropping a set in the Open era, which began in 1968.

The big match for the women’s side will take place in the afternoon at Ashe when the No. 12 seed, Coco Gauff, takes on Shuai Zhang. Gauff, a Roland-Garros finalist this year, is trying to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open for the first time in his career.

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