Casper Ruud advances to National Bank Open quarterfinals

August 12, 2022 GMT
Casper Ruud, of Norway, returns to Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the round of sixteen at the National Bank Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug, 11, 2022, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Casper Ruud, of Norway, returns to Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the round of sixteen at the National Bank Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug, 11, 2022, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Casper Ruud, of Norway, returns to Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the round of sixteen at the National Bank Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug, 11, 2022, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Casper Ruud, of Norway, returns to Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the round of sixteen at the National Bank Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug, 11, 2022, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Casper Ruud, of Norway, returns to Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, during the round of sixteen at the National Bank Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug, 11, 2022, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) — Fourth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway advanced to the National Bank Open quarterfinals Thursday, beating No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Ruud is the highest seed left in the singles draw after No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped out Wednesday.

Rudd held off Agut after a mid-afternoon thunderstorm delayed play for just over an hour.

“It was a tough battle. The first two sets were 2 hours and 20 minutes,” Rudd said. “Good intensity and I was feeling it a bit in the legs. Luckily, there was some rain, which gave me some time to breath out and regain some energy. I can thank the weather gods today, giving me some extra time and energy.”

Ruud will face sixth-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime, the 22-year-old from Montreal who beat Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-4. Auger-Aliassime had 22 aces.

“That was a very convincing win,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I served really well but I felt like I was also putting a lot of pressure on him at every opportunity that I had.”

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Eighth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland also advanced, ousting Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (3). Nick Kyrgios beat fellow Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-3.

Gael Monfils, the No. 17 seed from France, retired early in the second set of his match against British qualifier Jack Draper. Monfils, who trailed 6-2, 0-2, received treatment on his right ankle area but couldn’t continue.

In the night session, Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain beat seventh-seeded Jannik Sinner of Italy 6-2, 6-4.