Ruud, Opelka advance to semifinals meeting at Geneva Open

Casper Ruud of Norway returns a ball to Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia during their quarter-final match, at the ATP 250 Geneva Open Tennis tournament in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, May 19, 2022. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)

GENEVA (AP) — Second-seeded Casper Ruud advanced to the Geneva Open semifinals in defence of his title by beating Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Thursday.

No. 8-ranked Ruud forced the only service break in the first set of a quarterfinals match that saw only four break-point chances created.

Ruud will next face fourth-seeded American Reilly Opelka, who beat Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

The 6-foot-11 (2.11-metre) Opelka fired 14 aces and won 85% of points when landing his first serve.

The other semifinals pairing Friday is Richard Gasquet and Joao Sousa, both now ranked in the 70s and aged in their mid-30s.

Gasquet beat Kamil Majchrzak 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday and Sousa, a past finalist at Geneva, won 7-5, 7-5 against Ilya Ivashka.

The clay-court tournament is one of the last warmups for the French Open that starts Sunday in Paris.

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