Kitzbühel (Austria) (AFP)
Norway’s Casper Ruud reached his third ATP final in three weeks on Friday, a day after his Australian rival Nick Kyrgios accused him of “stealing points”.
Ruud has won titles at Bastad and Gstaad over the past two weekends as the European clay court swing ends smoothly.
On Saturday, world number 14 will face Spain’s number 97 Pedro Martinez for the Kitzbühel title after beating France’s 91st Arthur Rinderknech 6-3, 7-6 (9/7) in Friday’s semi-final.
In the Bastad final, Ruud defeated Federico Coria, now ranked 64th, and then defeated 133rd Hugo Gaston in Gstaad.
“Hahahaha it’s classic. @ CasperRuud98 you are a good player. But we all know you steal points through these tournaments haha, ”Kyrgios tweeted as the pair crossed swords again.
Ruud sparked Kyrgios’ defeat by responding to an online request from ATP to send questions to the Australian who is currently preparing for the hard-court event in Washington.
“What’s her favorite clay court tournament?” Ruud, 22, wrote.
Ruud and Kyrgios have had a bitter rivalry since the Australian was disqualified from a game between the two in Rome in 2019.
Ruud said Kyrgios was “totally mad” and “an idiot” for throwing a chair on the pitch.
The Australian retaliated by describing the Norwegian’s tennis as “boring” and that he “would rather watch the paint dry” than see his rival in action.
On Saturday, Ruud will look to become the first man since Andy Murray in 2011 to win three titles in as many weeks.
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