Ruud wakes up as Van de Zandschulp reaches Munich semi-finals | Tennis News

MUNICH (Germany): Casper Ruud became the latest seed to withdraw from the ATP tournament in Munich on Friday after being beaten in straight sets by Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp in the quarter-finals.
After a tight first set on clay, eighth-seeded Van de Zandschulp passed Norway’s Ruud to seal a 7-5, 6-1 win and a berth in the semi-finals on Saturday.
“Maybe the score is easier than it really was,” said van de Zandschulp, who will face Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the last four.
“The first set was really tight, the second was a bit easier, but I think I played very well.”
Ruud, seeded second in Munich, had been the favorite after German Olympic champion Alexander Zverev lost in the second round to Danish teenager Holger Rune.
The 18-year-old joker advanced to the semi-finals in Munich after Rune sealed a 6-0, 6-2 win over Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori on Friday.
He will then face the German Oscar Otte, who is in his first semi-final on the ATP circuit after a 6-1, 7-6 (7/1) victory against the Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.
Kecmanovic qualified early in the last four with a 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, the defending champion in Munich.

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