Ruud advances to National Bank Open quarterfinals
MONTREAL (AP) — Fourth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway advanced to the National Bank Open quarterfinals Thursday, beating No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4.
Ruud is the highest seed left in the singles draw after No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped out Wednesday.
Rudd held off Agut after a mid-afternoon thunderstorm delayed play for just over an hour.
“It was a tough battle. The first two sets were 2 hours and 20 minutes," Rudd said. "Good intensity and I was feeling it a bit in the legs. Luckily, there was some rain, which gave me some time to breath out and regain some energy. I can thank the weather gods today, giving me some extra time and energy.”
Felix Auger-Aliassime, the No. 6 seed from Montreal, was scheduled to play ninth-seeded Cameron Norrie of Britain later in the afternoon. The winner will face Ruud.
In the night session, seventh-seeded Jannik Sinner of Italy opposed Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, and 17th-seeded Gael Monfils of France faced Australian qualifier.