Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s reside protection of as we speak’s second males’s semi-final, with Casper Ruud enjoying Marin Cilic for the chance to satisfy both Alexander Zverev or Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s French Open ultimate.
This is the primary time that 33 year-old Marin Cilic will take to Philippe-Chatrier to play in a French Open semi-final, an achievement which makes the veteran Croatian solely the fifth energetic participant to achieve this stage in all 4 grand slams. Cilic reaches this stage having seen off two high 10 gamers, Russian giants Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev, seeded seventh and second respectively.
The former world quantity three additionally broke French hearts dispatching Gilles Simon within the third spherical, after defeating Marton Fucsovic, and Attila Balazs.
Ruud’s French Open success, with victories over Hubert Hurkacz, Lorenzo Sonego, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – within the Frenchman’s ultimate match of his profession – comes after a robust season on clay, which has seen the Norwegian attain the semi-finals of the Italian Open earlier than going out to Novak Djokovic and win the Geneva Open.
But following his quarter-final win in opposition to Danish teen Holger Rune, tennis has taken a backseat to a constructing controversy between Rune and Ruud, with Rune accusing the world quantity 40 of gloating in his face after the 6-1, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory. In the aftermath, not solely has Ruud denied doing so, his father Christian has spoken out on the problem.
Roiling household drama apart, Ruud’s match-up with Cilic is poised on a knife’s edge, with Cilic having ripped up the blueprint for French Open success all through his barnstorming run. The pair have met solely twice earlier than, and Ruud has come away with the victory each instances, however will he do the identical as we speak?
Stay tuned to seek out out, as we begin the construct as much as as we speak’s second males’s semi-final.