Murray suffers Ruud awakening in San Diego

01 October 2021 23:28:16 GMTPlus11
Ruud takes down Murray

Casper Ruud hailed Andy Murray as an "inspiration" after beating the former world No.1 in straight sets to move into the quarter-finals of the San Diego Open.

The Norwegian second seed won 7-5 6-4 to set up a last-eight showdown with Lorenzo Sonego and is 8/15 to see off the Italian.

End of the line for Murray

Murray, who had won his first match against lucky loser Denis Kudla, was trying to claim the scalp of a top-10 player for the first time in more than a year.

And after making the semi-finals in Metz last week the three-time major winner would have fancied his chances.

But the Scot won just 51 percent of his service points, was broken five times and had few answers to the big-hitting and speed around the court of rising star Ruud, who is a four-time clay court winner in 2021 and the first Norwegian to ever break into the world's top 10.

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Ruud revels in Murray scalp

While Murray, 34, moves on to Indian Wells where he has accepted a wild card, Ruud moves onto a quarter-final clash with Sonego, who beat Sebastian Korda 6-4 6-3 in the last 16.

And he was clearly delighted to have overcome Murray, 12 years his senior but still a "legend" according to the Norwegian.

"On the opposite side of the net from me was a legend of the game," Ruud told reporters. "Even what he's done now the past few years, fighting his way back from a very serious injury, it's been an inspiration.

"It's been an unfortunate couple of years for him, but it's great to see him back."

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