In a thrilling contest at the Rolex Shanghai Masters, Hungarian tennis sensation Fabian Marozsan once again showcased his sterling form, overcoming the challenges posed by eighth seed Casper Ruud. The epic three-set battle ended with Marozsan clinching the match 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4, securing his place in the quarter-finals.
Ranked 82nd globally, Marozsan stepped onto the revered courts of Qizhong Tennis Center having not lost a set in this ATP Masters 1000 event. Against World No. 9 Ruud, Marozsan displayed nerve, tenacity, and skill. His victory set up a potential face-off with either the 16th seed, Hubert Hurkacz or local favorite Zhang Zhizhen.
Reflecting on his triumph, Marozsan said, "Defeating Casper, especially here in Shanghai, feels immensely gratifying. I believe I delivered one of my finest performances in this tournament. While Ruud improved his game in the second set, I'm thrilled to have overcome that challenge."
Marozsan's Remarkable Resilience
Their intense face-off saw both athletes demonstrating commendable resilience. Ruud impressively saved 12 out of 14 break points, while Marozsan managed to save 8 out of 11. Yet, it was Marozsan's exceptional gameplay during the climax of the third set that set him apart.
This year has been favorable for Marozsan, as this victory marks his second against a Top 10 player. He previously stunned the tennis world by beating World No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz in Rome. Speaking of his consistency against top-tier opponents, Marozsan remarked, "Playing tennis at its core is about enjoying the game. Competing in such prestigious tournaments is an honor, and I cherish every moment."
Joining Marozsan in the quarter-finals is Sebastian Korda, who managed to edge out Francisco Cerundolo in a nail-biting contest, marking a significant victory after his recent triumph against Daniil Medvedev. Korda acknowledged Cerundolo's formidable play, particularly in the tie-break, but remained pleased with his performance.
Korda, boasting a season record of 25-13, has had his share of ups and downs. A wrist injury took him out of competition for three months. However, with his recent victories, his confidence seems to be soaring. Now, ranked 23rd in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, Korda is poised for further ascent, awaiting either sixth seed Jannik Sinner or 19th seed Ben Shelton in the quarters.