Casper Ruud, the second seed becomes the title favourite for this year’s Geneva Open following the dismissals of both the top seeded Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday and the third seed, Denis Shapovalov, on Wednesday as he opens the defence of his title with a resounding 6-3 6-1 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire.
I was broken at the beginning, so it was not the best start but then I found my game a little bit better and got some free points here and there Casper Ruud
“Everything went my way a little bit,” Ruud said on the ATP Tour website on reaching the quarter final.
“I was broken at the beginning, so it was not the best start but then I found my game a little bit better and got some free points here and there.
“It probably wasn’t his best serving performance, so that helped me obviously and I was able to get my game going well.”
Ruud lost a total of four games having made a slower start to the match as the Frenchman took an early 2-1 lead with a break.
But once the Norwegian warmed up, he rectified the situation in the fourth game and had another good chance of gaining a lead in the sixth game by failing to convert three consecutive break points.
Eventually he broke in the eighth to lead 5-3 and pocketed the set comfortably in the next game.
With the momentum now firmly behind him, Ruud swept into a 4-0 lead in the second, despite Paire’s fight-back attempt which ended the second seed’s seven-game run, for a single game which proved the result of the Frenchman’s second set efforts.
Next up for Ruud is the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis who had to fight back to eliminate the clay court expert from Argentina, Federico Delbonis, the 7th seed, 1-6 7-5 7-5 to claim his last eight place.
Also out early is Denis Shapovalov, the third seed from Canada, who was eased out by Ilya Ivashka 6-4 6-7(2) 6-3.
In other results Holland’s Tallon Griekspoor defeated the Swiss qualifier Johan Nikles 6-3 7-5 and will face the 4th seed Reilly Opelka, the 6’11” American, who blasted his way past Australian qualifier Christopher O’Connell 6-3 7-5 and is on course to meet Ruud in the semi-final.