48th-ranked American Jenson Brooksby stuns No. 2 seed Casper Ruud in the second round of the Australian Open as he beats the 2022 US Open finalist in a thrilling contest
USA’s Jenson Brooksby caused an upset in the second round of the Australian Open as he defeated second seed Casper Ruud.
The unseeded American dispatched the Norwegian 6-3 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 to book his place in the next round.
The 22-year-old had the chance to topple the 2022 US Open and Roland Garros finalist in straight sets but Ruud battled back to break Brooksby’s serve and eventually win the third set in a tiebreak.
American Jenson Brooksby defeated second seed Casper Ruud at the Australian Open
The Norwegian battled back in the third set to avoid a straight-set defeat to Brooksby
The 48th-ranked American beat the Norwegian 6-3 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 to progress to next round
Two breaks of serve in the opening set of the second-round match handed Brooksby the early lead and he dictated terms in the second.
Brooksby´s unusual playing style, including his two-handed backhand volleys, and ability to track down opponent´s shots, were trouble for Ruud, who took a medical timeout after the second set.
The biggest problem for Brooksby was closing this one out. He held a trio of match points while trying to serve for the victory at 5-3 in the third set but could not cash any of them in.
Brooksby’s unusual playing style proved trouble for Ruud, who took a medical timeout
Brooksby held a trio of match points in the third before losing the set but bounced back
After he got broken there by missing a backhand, Brooksby sat down in his changeover seat and yelled at himself: ‘How?! How?! God!’
Ruud, a 24-year-old Norwegian, raced through the end of that set, but Brooksby righted himself in the fourth, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. Brooksby finished things off 1 hour, 15 minutes after his first chance.
Brooksby progressed to the third round for the first time in his career where he will face fellow American Tommy Paul next after he beat world No. 32 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in five sets.
In doing so, he extinguished Ruud’s hopes of winning a first Grand Slam title and topping the world rankings.
Ruud’s hopes of winning a first Grand Slam title and toppinn the rankings were extinguished
Brooksby is ranked 39th and making his Australian Open debut. He was supposed to enter a year ago but came down with COVID-19 the day before he was supposed to fly to Australia.
‘Hopefully this is the first of many many good years here to come,’ Brooksby said.
He continued the American charge down under as his surprise win came in the same round and on the same court that 27-year-old Mackenzie McDonald defeated No. 1 seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal on Wednesday at the year´s first Grand Slam tournament.
His performance continued the run of strong play by men from the United States during Week 1, a significant development given that none has won a Grand Slam title since Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open.
It comes a day after Mackenzie McDonald defeated defending champion Rafael Nadal
By reaching the third round, Brooksby joins countrymen Ben Shelton, Tommy Paul and J.J. Wolf, who also won Thursday, along with McDonald, No. 16 Frances Tiafoe and No. 29 Sebastian Korda, who all won Wednesday.
Shelton beat qualifier Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3), 7-5; Paul came back to edge No. 30 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 6-2, 2-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4; and Wolf breezed past No. 23 Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
‘A lot of Americans doing really well right now, and we’re all pushing each other,’ said Brooksby, who now will face Paul. ‘Just looking forward to the next one.’