Hubert Hurkacz and Casper Ruud will both be looking to reach the final of the National Bank Open when they meet on Saturday at 8pm (UK time).
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The 2022 National Bank Open has been a fascinating one, especially on the ATP side with the top three seeds all going out in the second round and just two of the 17 seeded players remain. However, only one of those will reach the final, with Hurkacz and Ruud facing off.
Ruud is the higher seed for the tournament, coming in at fourth, and is seventh in the world. Like the rest of the top eight seeds, Ruud was handed a bye to the second round and his first match came against Slovakian Alex Molcan, his only unseeded opponent in a tough run to the semi-finals. Molcan was dispatched 7-6 (3), 6-3, setting up a third-round match between Ruud and Roberto Bautista Agut in which the Norwegian had to come from behind to win 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-4.
In the quarter-final, Ruud came up against sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in what could have been a real test on the court, but in the end it was a straight-set victory, 6-1, 6-2, to set up this semi-final. Hurkacz also got a bye to the second round, just about creeping in as eighth seed, but while his opponents have all been unseeded, the Pole hasn’t made things easy.
Hurkacz’s first opponent was Emil Ruusuvuori, who knocked Stanislas Wawrinka in the previous round, and the Finn was a tough opponent only eventually going down 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2. In the third round, Hurkacz had to come from behind against Albert Ramos Vinolas to win 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (3), setting up an intriguing quarter-final against Nick Kyrgios, who had already knocked out Daniil Medvedev.
There was another three-set match but again Hurkacz had what it takes to get over the line, beating Kyrgios 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-1. The winner of this match will face one of Pablo Carreno Busta or Dan Evans in the final.