Ruud One Match Away From Roland Garros Main Draw Debut
“It’s been two good matches, four good sets, I haven’t dropped one yet. It was a big test today, especially the last one,” Ruud told RolandGarros.com. “I felt it was almost over when I had 4-1 and a double break. But he fought back and played some good points but I also stepped up my level at the end.”
Ruud will next meet Frenchman Alexandre Muller, who beat #NextGenATP Aussie Akira Santillan 6-1, 3-6, 6-0. Spain's Jaume Munar ended the run of 17-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in a #NextGenATP showdown 6-3, 6-3. Munar will face #NextGenATP Korean Duckhee Lee for a spot in the main draw. Lee swept Italy's Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-4.
Aussie Bernard Tomic beat #NextGenATP Brit Jay Clarke 6-3, 6-1, but Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis fell to Estonia's Jurgen Zopp 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-2. Tomic will next face 23-year-old Goncalo Oliveira of Portugal. Zopp will play seventh seed Denis Kudla of the U.S., who beat 19-year-old Frenchman Geoffrey Blancaneaux 6-2, 6-1.