In a dominant display at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, Norwegian tennis sensation Casper Ruud clinched a decisive victory against American contender Christopher Eubanks with scores of 6-4, 6-2, marking his second consecutive ATP Masters 1000 hard-court triumph this year. This success propels him into the tournament's fourth round.
Securing the eighth seed, Ruud began his Shanghai quest with a stellar win over Yoshihito Nishioka. His consistent play against Eubanks stood out, as he recorded a mere six unforced errors and adeptly defended all three break points, securing his win in just over an hour. The last time Ruud experienced back-to-back successes on a hard-court Masters was during the 2022 Montreal Masters, where he made it to the semi-finals.
Ruud Advances, Sonego Triumphs in Shanghai
Hungry for more, Ruud's eyes are now set on either Dusan Lajovic or Fabian Marozsan as his next challenge. With this victory being his 35th this season, Ruud's prospects for qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals have significantly improved. Currently positioned at 10th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, he trails Holger Rune by 315 points, with Rune suffering an initial loss in Shanghai.
Meanwhile, in other Rolex Shanghai Masters news, after a rain-induced delay, Lorenzo Sonego overcame Frances Tiafoe. Picking up where they left off, Sonego, with a 2-1 lead in the third set, secured a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory, improving his record to 4-11 against those in the Top 10. Sonego, whose pinnacle this year was a fourth-round berth in Miami, is gearing up for a face-off with Nicolas Jarry in the tournament's third round.
Adding to the excitement, J.J. Wolf pulled off an impressive upset against Cameron Norrie from Britain, with a hard-fought scoreline of 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(4). Despite being on the back foot, trailing 3-5 in the final set, Wolf showcased resilience. Their two-hour-and-fifty-nine-minute battle marked their inaugural Lexus ATP Head2Head encounter. Wolf is now prepping for his next match against Matteo Arnaldi in the third round.