World No. 7 Casper Ruud described Corentin Moutet as «a very complicated player» and admitted the Frenchman was definitely not an easy opponent to handle. Ruud, the fifth seed in the US Open main draw, defeated 112th-ranked Moutet 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-2 to advance to his first quarterfinal at Flushing Meadows .
«I had a great start and the [two] the sets I won did not show the real result. It was much more difficult,» Ruud said after the match, according to the ATP website. “Corentin is a very complicated player. He has all the shots, he runs well.
He can produce trick shots and everything. I really needed to stay focused and on my toes and was playing really well until I broke down in the third, which was frustrating. He raised his level a bit. But [the] In the fourth set I was able to break it a couple of times and luckily I served well enough.
I didn’t change much but I was able to dictate the game more.»
Ruud missed a good chance to close the match in three sets
The two players were tied at one game apiece in the opening set, before Ruud claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to win the opening set in style.
More or less the same scenario happened in the second set when Ruud broke Moutet twice to open a comfortable two-set lead. After taking a two-set lead, Ruud claimed the first break of the third set in game five. Down two sets and a break, Moutet refused to give up when he broke Ruud in the eighth game and ultimately sent the set to a tie break.
In the tie break, Ruud led 4-3 before Moutet won the next four points to win the third set and force a fourth set. But the failure to close out the match in three sets did not affect Ruud, who broke Moutet twice in the fourth set to escape with a four-set victory. Ruud plays alongside Matteo Berrettini.