Rafael Nadal’s sister Maribel Nadal recently shared her excitement about Casper Ruud reaching the semifinals of the 2022 US Open. Ruud, who was a student at the Rafa Nadal Academy, has made it to this stage in New York for the first time in his career.
Maribel Nadal congratulated Ruud and cheered for him while sharing a post by the Academy.
“Let’s Go! Congrats Casper Ruud!! #usopen SF,” she wrote.
Maribel Nadal was seen in the stands cheering for Rafael Nadal in his latter matches at the US Open. The four-time US Open champion suffered defeat at the hands of American favorite Frances Tiafoe in the round of 16.
Casper Ruud, however, managed to sail through his encounters and most recently knocked off 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini in straight sets to reach the last four of the New York Major.
This is Ruud’s second Grand Slam semifinal appearance of the year. The Norwegian previously scored his best Grand Slam result when he made the finals of the 2022 French Open.
He was denied his maiden Grand Slam title by Rafael Nadal, who lifted his 14th title on Parisian clay by winning in straight sets.
Ruud will now have another chance at lifting his maiden Grand Slam title, this time at the US Open. The Norwegian is set to face Karen Khachanov, who outlasted title-threat Nick Kyrgios in five sets.
With the draw more open this time around, all the young hopefuls left in the mix would be keenly eyeing their first Major title.
Casper Ruud, Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal in a tight battle for the World No. 1 spot
With Nick Kyrgios causing defending champion and World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev’s early exit from Flushing Meadows, the top spot is now up for grabs. Interestingly, Casper Ruud is locked in a tight battle with Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz for the No. 1 in the rankings.
Ruud enjoyed rapid success after joining the Rafa Nadal Academy in late 2018. Within six months of training in Mallorca, the Norwegian broke inside the top-100. He has since collected nine ATP titles and has had a career-high ranking of World No. 5.
This, however, is about to change for the better, as the Norwegian semifinalist is now guaranteed at least a World No. 3 position in the rankings.
Nadal, who currently leads the live rankings chart, may face tough competition in the coming days from Ruud and Alcaraz. The veteran Spaniard’s fourth-round exit in New York has made way for the two youngsters to contest for the top spot.
The conditions are ripe for Ruud and Alcaraz to make the finals. If both of them were to reach the final, the champion would be crowned the new World No. 1.
While Ruud may be just two wins away from the monumental accomplishment, Alcaraz is yet to face off against his arch rival Jannik Sinner in the quarterfinals of the US Open on Wednesday. If Alcaraz wins his next three matches, he will become the youngest male player to reach the summit of the rankings in the Open Era.
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