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Casper Ruud Advances to Barcelona Open Quarterfinals with Convincing Win

Barcelona: Norwegian tennis sensation Casper Ruud continued his scintillating form at the Barcelona Open, storming into the quarterfinals with a dominant straight-sets victory over Jordan Thompson.

Ruud, seeded third in the tournament, showcased his prowess on the clay courts with a commanding 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Thompson, marking his 26th tour-level win of the 2024 season. With this victory, Ruud surpassed Jannik Sinner for the most tour-level triumphs this year, underscoring his remarkable consistency and talent on the ATP circuit.

The encounter witnessed Ruud asserting his dominance right from the outset, as he raced to a commanding 5-0 lead in the opening set, leaving Thompson struggling to find his rhythm. Displaying his trademark precision and agility, Ruud swiftly closed out the set before carrying his momentum into the second.

Despite a spirited fight from Thompson, Ruud remained unfazed, showcasing his steely resolve and composure on Pista Rafa Nadal. Securing a decisive break in the seventh game of the second set, Ruud sealed his victory after a clinical 73-minute display of tennis excellence.

With three finals already under his belt this year in Los Cabos, Acapulco, and Monte-Carlo, Ruud’s quest for glory continues as he sets his sights on the quarterfinal clash against Matteo Arnaldi. Arnaldi secured his berth in the last eight with a commanding 6-3, 6-0 victory over Marco Trungelliti, setting the stage for an enticing showdown between two formidable contenders.

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