Score, report, and key facts
De Minaur won the set after he broke the Norwegian in the 3rd (2-1) and in the 5th (4-1) game. That was enough for Alex to conquer the set since he didn’t drop his serve in the rest of the set.
Ruud was completely wiped out in the last 4 games of the set (from 0-1 to 4-1).
De Minaur came out strong at the beginning of the set after breaking Ruud in the 2nd game (2-0) before consolidating his break and lead 4-0. The Australian reinforced his lead after breaking Ruud in the 4th (4-0) game before managing to win the set.
A crucial moment of the match was when Alex won 4 consecutive games in the 2nd set to change the scoreline from 0-0 to 4-0.
The set was pretty even as both sides managed to hold the serve. The only difference was 1 break that De Minaur conquered in the 6th game (4-2).
At the end of the match, Alex scored 54 points vs. the Norwegian’s 32 points.
Alex served pretty well to win 86% of the points (18/21) behind his first serve, and he won 71% points (10/14) on his second serve. De Minaur won this match even if he was far from perfect in converting his break points since he converted only 42% (5/12). On the other side, Ruud wasn’t able to conquer any break point (0/2). That was one of the key issues for his demise.
After this encounter, the head to head between De Minaur and Ruud is 1-0 for Alex.
Highlights Alex De Minaur vs. Casper Ruud Next Gen ATP Finals – Milan
De Minaur’s Interview
After the match, Alex commented:
“I knew from playing Casper before that he’d dictate any short ball without a purpose,” De Minaur said after his win. The game plan was to play on my own terms, play aggressively, play different styles of tennis and it sort of worked.
The goal I had was [to take] any half-chance, go up and back myself at the net. I’m glad I was able to execute and worked out today. I’m looking forward to the semi-finals.”
Next Match: Alex De Minaur vs. Frances Tiafoe – stats
De Minaur will compete against Tiafoe in the quarter.
The last time that they fought against each other, De Minaur won 6-4 6-0 5-7 6-2 in the 2nd round in US Open back in 2018.
Tennis Scores in Milan
- Frances TiafoeTiafoe – Mikael YmerYmer (4-2 4-2 4-2) – See score progression
- Alex De MinaurDe Minaur – Casper RuudRuud (4-1 4-0 4-2) – See score progression
- Casper RuudRuud – Alejandro Davidovich FokinaDavidovich Fokina (3-42 4-32 4-2 3-42 4-1) – See score progression
- Mikael YmerYmer – Ugo HumbertHumbert (4-32 1-4 4-2 4-1) – See score progression
- Miomir KecmanovicKecmanovic – Casper RuudRuud (4-35 4-35 4-2) – See score progression
- Jannik SinnerSinner – Frances TiafoeTiafoe (3-44 4-2 4-2 4-2) – See score progression