Last Updated: January 17, 2023, 21:14 IST
Norwegian second seed Casper Ruud battled by way of to the Australian Open second spherical on Tuesday as he kicked off a marketing campaign that might see him grow to be world primary.
The 24-year-old floor down Tomas Machac of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (5/7), 6-Three on Margaret Court Arena in a match that completed after 1:00am.
He will subsequent play American Jenson Brooksby who toppled Australian Christopher O’Connell.
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“It’s been an extended day,” said the world number three Ruud, whose build-up suffered an unexpected blow when he lost his first match at the Auckland Classic warm-up tournament.
“I’m very eager to hopefully have a good tournament and this was a good start, a tough one.
“Tomas played well, very aggressive, but I was able to come back and stay strong towards the end, so very happy,” he added.
Ruud missed final 12 months’s occasion with an ankle harm, however recovered to take pleasure in a breakthrough 2022, reaching the ultimate of each the French and US Opens.
He had an opportunity to prime the rankings when he took on Carlos Alcaraz within the Flushing Meadows remaining, however the Spanish teenager received in 4 units to take the title and with it the primary spot.
Alcaraz just isn’t in Melbourne as he nurses an harm and three gamers might take the highest rating from him by lifting the trophy.
They embody Serbian celebrity Novak Djokovic, Greek third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and Ruud.
According to the governing physique ATP, Ruud may grow to be world primary by merely reaching the ultimate, so long as neither Djokovic nor Tsitsipas win the title.
If none of these situations play out, the reign of Alcaraz will proceed.
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