Casper Ruud into US Open Final

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After beating Karen Khachanov in four sets on Friday, Casper Ruud reached his second Grand Slam final and first at the US Open. It's possible that one detail would have decided the outcome.

At 6/5 in the first-set tie-break, the pair engaged in a long rally. Neither man took control of the point until Ruud unleashed a backhand up the line that Khachanov missed into the net.

The 55-shot rally not only earned Ruud the set, but gave him a heavy dose of momentum leading into the set set, which he claimed 6-2.

It was a game-changing point Setpoint I didn't waste two because he served brilliantly the first two times. I could win the opening set. Ruud recalled I'm serving First serve was barely missed

Second serve we played for the rally. I think we both just refused to do a mistake knowing how important that point is.”

Both players struck the ball with plenty of margin until Ruud cracked the backhand that ultimately decided the point.

“That's fun with tennis because some of the best rallies of all time, longer rallies of all times, often come in important points because we both realise how important it is

You don't want to do a mistake,” Ruud said. “Towards the end the pulse was getting very high and the legs were almost shaking at a point.

I was able to at one point there where I just ripped the backhand down the line and went for it sort of. Could stretch my arms in the air and win the first set.

“Like I said, I think it was a key factor to win the second set, and that gave of course motivation and energy to play good and keep going in the second.”

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