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French Open: Casper Ruud vs Alexander Zverev Fixture and more

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Alexander Zverev returns to the stage where he endured a Roland Garros heartbreak last year.

Fourth seed Casper Ruud will take on 22nd seed Alexander Zverev in a rousing French Open semifinal.

Ruud dominated large swathes of his last-eight clash with his Scandinavian counterpart Holger Rune. The 2022 Roland Garros finalist swept to a two-set lead for the loss of three games.

Rune stopped the rot by taking the third, but Ruud reasserted his ascendancy in the contest, breaking for 3-1 in the fourth. Although he squandered two match points at 5-3 on Rune’s serve, the World No. 4 served out victory to reach his second straight Roland Garros semifinal.

Ruud is now 21-11 on the season, including 16-5 on clay, and 18-5 at the claycourt Major, where he has won 11 of his last 12 matches.

Meanwhile, World No. 27 Zverev saw off Grand Slam quarterfinal debutant Tomas Martin Etcheverry to reach his third straight Roland Garros semifinal. In a tasty tussle between two heavy hitters, Zverev took the opener before Etcheverry levelled proceedings in the second.

The German, though, took the decisive two-sets-to-one lead. He then survived a barrage of heavy hitting from Etcheverry in the 10th game before sealing victory in three hours and 22 minutes.