Zhang stuns ’22 US Open runner-up, No. 5 Ruud

  • ESPN News Services

Aug 30, 2023, 10: 48 PM ET

NEW YORK– Casper Ruud, the 2022 United States Open runner-up, was gotten rid of Wednesday night when Zhizhen Zhang ended up being the very first Chinese male to beat a gamer in the leading 5 of the ATP rankings.

Zhang disturbed the No. 5 seed 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 to reach the 3rd round of a Grand Slam competition for the 2nd time. It was his 2nd five-set success to open this competition after he lost his very first 4 five-setters.

He wasn’t prevented by those previous losses, with the advancement lastly coming Monday when he outlived J.J. Wolf in 4 1/2 hours.

” Try to simply keep playing and keep thinking yourself every time,” Zhang stated. “( Even in) difficult minutes, still attempt to think yourself. In the end, you’ll make it.”

Zhang ended up being the very first Chinese male to contend in the primary draw at Wimbledon in the expert age when he certified in2021 He certified in 2015 at the United States Open, signing up with Yibing Wu as the very first guys from their nation in the primary draw of the year’s last Grand Slam competition.

” Last year at the United States Open, I can state it was a bad memory. This year is a little bit various,” stated Zhang, who misused 7 match points in his 2022 opener prior to losing to Tim van Rijthoven in 5 sets.

The 26- year-old Zhang reached the 3rd round of the French Open in June prior to being up to Ruud, who had actually been to the finals in 3 of the last 6 Grand Slam occasions.

” I suggest, I’m not sitting here extremely dissatisfied with things that I might have done much better or my level, however at the most crucial minutes he was the much better gamer. He stepped up,” Ruud stated. “That was various from Paris. I believe in Paris I was the one who actually stepped up when I needed to. It’s a various surface area, obviously. He has a terrific serve, lovely backhand, and forehand. When it’s on, it’s on and truly unsafe.”

Ruud, who lost to Carlos Alcaraz in 2015 in Flushing Meadows, is the highest-ranked Norwegian in the history of the ATP rankings, which date to1973 He had actually reached No. 2 in 2015 and is presently No. 5.

But after dropping the 4th set in simply 23 minutes, Zhang broke Ruud’s serve to open the last set, including a 2nd for a 4-1 lead.

Zhang will deal with Rinky Hijikata of Australia in the 3rd round, and Ruud thinks he can continue going.

” I was amazed, in a manner, how he played,” Ruud stated. “He’s going to be a hazard for several years.”

With No. 4 seed Holger Rune and Ruud both out, it marks the very first time because 2006 that several males seeded in the leading 5 lost prior to the 3rd round of a United States Open. In 2006, 3-seed Ivan Ljubičić lost in the preliminary, while No. 4 David Nalbandian was knocked out in the 2nd.

Ruud, likewise the runner-up at the French Open in 2022 and 2023, is the very first United States Open finalist to lose in the very first 2 rounds of the list below year’s competition given that Kei Nishikori, who lost in the preliminary in 2015 after completing runner-up to Marin Cilic in 2014.

ESPN Stats & & Information, The Associated Press and Reuters added to this report.

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