Thursday, September 29, 2022

Rudd beats Molkon to reach BMW Open quarterfinals

MUNICH ( Associated Press) – Casper Roode took his time finding his rhythm as he beat Alex Molken 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the BMW Open on Thursday.

Molken took a 4–0 lead in the first set as Ruud struggled with his serve, but the Norwegian clay-court specialist made his comeback and broke Molken 4–4 in the decider before serving up the match.

“It wasn’t the best start for me, but as the match progressed, I was able to find my rhythm a little bit more,” Roode said. “(Molcan) it takes a tough player and good confidence for me to get this type of victory.”

Roode, 23, said he was particularly pleased to play well at Munich’s comparatively high altitude as preparation for similar conditions at next week’s Madrid Open.

It was Rudd’s first match in Munich after receiving a bye in the first round. The Norwegian is at a career-high number seven after Alexander Zverev’s surprise defeat to 18-year-old Holger Rune on Wednesday.

In the quarter-finals, Roode will face eighth-seeded Botic van de Zandschulp when the Dutchman defeated Egor Gerasimov 6-2, 6-3.

Germany’s Oscar Otte got the surprise of the day by defeating Reilly Opelka of the United States 7-6(4), 6-2. Opelka had two set points in the first set but Otte saved them both before taking the set to a tiebreaker.

Ote’s quarterfinal opponent is Alejandro Tabilo, who was leading 6-2, 2-6, 4-1 when Hugo Gaston retired from his second-round match. Ote defeated Tabilo 6-0, 6-3 when they played at the Serbia Open last week.


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