Van de Zandschulp beats Ruud to reach fourth round in Miami
Tennis player Botic van de Zandschulp reached the fourth round of the Miami Masters Tournament with a win over world number 4 Casper Ruud. The Dutchman beat the 24-year-old Norwegian in three sets: 3-6 6-4 6-4. The party lasted nearly three hours. Van de Zandschulp will now compete with Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori for a place in the quarter-finals in Florida.
Veenendaler, 27, world No. 32, placed 26th in the second consecutive Masters tournament in the United States. At Indian Wells, Van de Zandschulp had to retire in the second round earlier this month with an ankle injury.
Along with Ruud, he met world number 4 in Miami on Sunday, but is having a poor season. Ruud has failed to win two straight games this year in any tournament and he has failed to do so in Florida either. Van de Zandschulp has now won three of four duels with the Norwegian. It was only at the masters tournament in Rome that Ruud was too strong last year.
Facing Ruusuvuori, a 23-year-old Finn, Van de Zandschulp’s record is in balance. He lost to Ruusuvuori at Rosmalen last year but then beat the current world number 54 at Wimbledon.
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