Ruud admits ‘acting’ in Khachanov clash ahead of Alcaraz US Open final

Ruud beats Khachanov to reach US Open final

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Tennis star Casper Ruud has admitted to ‘acting’ during his US Open semi-final victory over Karen Khachanov. Ruud saw off Khachanov 7-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 in New York to set up an eagerly awaited final against Spanish starlet and new found rival Carlos Alcaraz.

Following the victory, the Norwegian star has admitted to bluffing during the semi-final clash in the way of hiding just how tired he was whilst out on the court competing. The win was no doubt a tough one for Ruud, who had to rally on a number of occasions throughout to see off the Russian.

The 23-year-old did well to not show his tiredness though in order to get the psychological edge over his opponent. He said: “I tried to not show Karen that I’m tired because I don’t want him to think that, ‘This is tiring for Casper.

“There is acting in sports. Tennis especially. It’s such a mental and psychological game that any small detail can help you win the match. I don’t know how I’m able to do it.” Admitting that he was slightly overwhelmed by the big occasion, he went on: “I think we were both a bit nervous at the beginning, a few breaks back and forth. 

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“But you have to take into account that this match is probably the biggest in both of our careers.  Of course there will also be some nerves but I was fortunate to win that first set, which calmed my nerves a little bit.

I played phenomenal in the second and Karen stepped up in the third. It was back and forth like every five-setter is, but I am just so happy. After Roland Garros I was extremely happy but of course humble enough to think that could be my only final at a Grand Slam in my career.

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It doesn’t come easy, but here I am back again a couple [of] months later.” The man standing in the way of Ruud is world No. 4 Alcaraz, who saw off home favourite Frances Tifaoe in a five-set thriller in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

As well as competing for their maiden Grand Slam title, both players are also the world No. 1 spot with the winner set to go to the top of the rankings. The pair will battle it out for the US Open crown on Sunday, with the match getting underway at 9pm BST.

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