Casper Ruud beats Karen Khachanov to reach US Open final US Open 2022

Just over a year ago, after Caspar Rudd won in straight sets in a tournament in Toronto, he decided to have some fun. He handed a marker to sign the TV camera, and chose to write a simple message: “Hard Court.” He signed with a smiley face.

His point is clear. On the surface, he heard the criticism of his ability, the doubts and underestimation of him by the outside world, but he accepted it with a smile. He’s still working on it and hopefully, over time, he’ll continue to improve.

Luther’s continued display of low-key tenacity and work efficiency continues to be a huge success as he continues to span the greatest seasons of his career. Despite the pressure to be the favorite in the Grand Slam semifinals, Luther steadied his early nerves and gradually beat No. 27 seed Karen Khachanov to become the first U.S. The Norwegian in the net final, won 7-6 (5), 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

By reaching the finals, fifth-seeded Luther put himself on the verge of achieving two ultimate achievements in the sport at the same time. Three months after being squashed by Rafael Nadal’s unstoppable force in the French Open final, he will once again fight for his first Grand Slam title. Luther will also be the new world No. 1 next week unless Carlos Alcalás, who played Frances Tiafo overnight in the second semifinal, wins the US Open.

Much of the recent history of men’s tennis has been written by three men who have hoarded most of the Grand Slam titles and completed the final rounds, drawing so much attention even if they didn’t win.

For the first time since the inaugural U.S. Open in 1881, four male players have reached the U.S. Open semifinals at the same time. Three of the four had never reached any Grand Slam semifinals before. The full force of the grand slam pressure is unassailable, but for whoever is bold enough, the rewards are huge.

What the occasion meant for Ruud and 26-year-old Khachanov showed early on in the mutual tension. Neither player was able to play freely as breaks were exchanged, momentum changed hands and both made mistakes. As the game went on, Luther looked more and more like a more consistent, steady player.

Consistently winning, Luther won the longest run of the game at 7-5, refusing to miss and running around the defensive court. At 54, the longest point of the tournament so far, Luther stepped in and hit a sweet backhand from the free throw line that forced Khachanov to make a mistake and win the game.

With one set, Luther was free for a while, but the third set brought some trouble. Khachanov excelled throughout the set and the pressure mounted until Luther’s nerve finally sold him 5-6 as he netted a forehand at set point.

But Luther bounced back immediately, showing his mental fortitude. He paid off with an excellent fourth-quarter serve, then made the decisive break with a spectacular forehand winner on his way to victory.

There are more great players in the sport, roles that draw more attention and hype, but Luther continues to move at his own pace, looking to improve every time he steps onto the court. The result was two Grand Slam finals in one year, an achievement none of his more prominent contemporaries achieved.

This time, in the absence of a 13-time French Open champion, a huge opportunity awaits. Whether he takes it or not, the 23-year-old has made his intentions clear for the next few years. When Novak Djokovic and Nadal finally leave, the men’s singles draw will likely remain open with more opportunities to come. With hard work, humility and a cool head, Luther will continue to be in the picture.

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