Francisco Cerundolo stuns Casper Ruud: Decoding his career stats
Argentina's Francisco Cerundolo stunned defending champion Casper Ruud in the second round at the Nordea Open on Wednesday. The former beat Ruud 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to secure the first Top 10 win of his career. Cerundolo will lock horns with Aslan Karatsev in the quarter-final of the Nordea Open. The former has reached the quarter-finals in Bastad for the first time.
Cerundolo claimed a straight-set win over Pedro Sousa in the first round (6-4, 6-3). The former then stunned Ruud to make the quarter-finals. After securing his first Top 10 win, the Argentine aims to reach his third tour-level semi-final in 2022.
As per Opta, Cerundolo claimed the first Top 5 win of his career after beating Ruud. Prior to this, his best result (complete match) came at the Miami Open this year. He overcame world number 24 Gael Monfils in the tournament.
Cerundolo presently has a win-loss record of 19-21 on the ATP Tour. The world number 39 is in pursuit of his maiden title. Before the ongoing tournament, the Argentine lost to Rafael Nadal at 2022 Wimbledon. However, he managed to take a set off the Spanish maestro. Earlier this year, Cerundolo reached the semi-finals of the Miami Masters.
Cerundolo made his ATP main-draw debut at the 2019 Argentina Open (Buenos Aires). He had received a wildcard for the singles before losing to Guido Pella in three sets. Two years later, the Argentine reached his first ATP final at the 2021 Argentina Open. Although Cerundolo lost the final, he became the first qualifier to reach the Buenos Aires final since Jose Acasuso (2001).
Cerundolo won his first ATP match on hard court at the Miami Masters. He stormed into the semi-finals after Jannik Sinner retired through injury. As a result, the former became the lowest-ranked player to reach the Miami Open semis (103). Cerundolo was also the first man since Jerzy Janowicz in 2012 to reach the semi-finals on their ATP Masters 1000 debut.