Casper Ruud will head to Wimbledon with just three grass matches after taking a 7-5, 6-1 loss on Thursday to top seed Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals of the ATP tournament in Mallorca.
The Norwegian with just one Wimbledon match in his resume was no match for Russia’s world No. 2 on the Spanish lawns.
Medvedev is making progress on the surface after a first-round defeat last week in Halle which marked the start of his pre-Wimbledon run-up.
Medvedev, who sent down eight aces in the 77-minute dispatch, broke Ruud five times and won nine of the last 10 games..
“I don’t think grass is his best surface, but in the first set he was playing top level and I couldn’t get any break points,” the winner said.
“It was important to win the first set and not in a tie-break, this gives me a boost of confidence.”
Medvedev, with all 10 of his career titles earned on cement, will bid for a career-first grass final when he takes on Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, a 6-4,6-4 winner over Australian Jordan Thompson.
“Maybe not the highest level (match) , but I’m really happy to win and be in the semi-finals here,” Medvedev said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
Third seed Carreno Busta was untroubled by Thompson, saving all three break points he faced and defying eight aces from his mustachioed opponent.
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