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Ruud sets up Berrettini clash for Gstaad title

Casper Ruud dropped just two games in his win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas and is now one win away from defending his title in Gstaad

Casper Ruud hits a forehand Casper Ruud hits a forehand Image Credit: AI/ Reuters/ Panoramic

Norway’s Casper Ruud, the top seed, demolished Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas, the No 4 seed, 6-2, 6-0 to move into the final of the Swiss Open at the Roy Emerson Arena in Gstaad on Saturday.

Ruud reached his first Grand Slam final at the French Open on clay in June but has struggled since then, winning only one match in his last three tournaments, including a first round exit in Bastad last week.

But the defending champion seems to have rediscovered his winning touch this week, needing only one hour and two minutes to win over his 34-year-old rival to win his third match in a row in straight sets this week.

Ruud’s win sets up an exciting final against the second seed Matteo Berrettini. The Italian scored a 6-1, 6-4 win over Dominic Thiem in the first semi-final of the day.

With all four semi-finalists being former champions at the tournament, Sunday’s winner will be a repeat champion. Ruud won the title last year while Berrettini won in Gstaad in 2018. The pair are tied at 2-2 in career head-to-head.

Ruud has won two of their three matches on clay, but Berrettini did win their most recent clash, in the semi-finals in Madrid last year.

The Italian will be aiming to win his third consecutive title and 13th match in a row (after titles in Stuttgart and Queen’s Club) on Sunday while Ruud will be gunning for this third title of the season (having won in Geneva and Buenos Aires which were also on clay).

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