On-form Stefanos Tsitsipas got caught out by Norway’s marauding Viking Casper Ruud 7-6(4), 6-4 in a third-round upset which left the Monte Carlo champion on the sidelines at the Madrid Masters on Thursday.
Ruud, ranked 22, made personal history with his first defeat of a Top 5 opponent after losing his first five against the elite.
The man from the north did it in 94 minutes with a single break of serve.and will next play Alexander Bulbik.
Ruud is making a mark at the Masters 1000 level, reaching his third straight last-eight place at this elite level; he went on to play semi-finals at Rome last year and Monte Carlo last month.
After winning Monte Carlos, Tsitsipas also reached the final in Barcelona, where he had a match point against eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
“At Monte Carlo and here I’ve been playing really well,” Ruud said. “I hope to continue for the next weeks.
“It’s given me more and more confidence the more matches I won. I’m feeling good, especially here in Europe on the clay.
“It was a part of the season last year that I was looking extremely much
forward to. It was taken away from not me but all the players when everything got postponed, some of the tournaments were canceled.
“That was a shame.
“This was one of the tournaments that we didn’t get to play last year.
I’m just trying to enjoy the moment and care the chances that I get.”
Fifth seed Alexander Zverev booked a match with Rafael Nadal after defeating Brit Dan Evans 6-3, 7-6(3), while Belgrade champion Matteo Belgrade advanced past Argentine Federico Delbonis 7-6(4), 6-4.
Main photo:- Casper Ruud on his way to victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas – by Corrine Dubreuil/ATPTour.com