Top-ranked Norwegian tennis player Casper Ruud was ”sad” after being forced to withdraw from his Acapulco quarterfinal clash against Alexander Zverev.
Ruud, ranked at No. 25 in the world, was aiming to make his maiden Acapulco semifinal but a wrist injury forced him to give a walkover to No. 2 seed Zverev.
Ruud beat Daniel Elahi Galan Riverson in straight sets in the first round and Dutch Tallon Griekspoor in the round-of-16 in three sets en route to making the Acapulco quarterfinal.
”I’m very sad to have had to withdraw from my match today just minutes before stepping on court. My team and I have done everything we could to be ready but the pain in my wrist was too bad to be able to play today,” Ruud said in a Twitter post.
“I wanted to thank the @AbiertoTelcel for the great hospitality this week, great tournament with an amazing atmosphere Mexico. I hope to be back in the coming years and now I will do everything I can to heal up and be ready for Miami.”
Zverev wouldn’t take Ruud for granted
Zverev beat Laslo Djere in straight sets to make the Acapulco quarterfinal.
“I’ve known him since we were juniors and every time we played was extremely long, but that was back in the day,” Zverev said after beating Djere. “I’m happy with today’s win and he’s improved a lot since then.”
Zverev then underlined that he respects Ruud and his game.
“Casper Ruud is someone who’s come up the ranks extremely fast the last couple of months, couple of years,” Zverev said before the Ruud clash.
“Yeah he’s somebody to look out for definitely.
”I felt comfortable and played very well although at the beginning it was difficult for me.
”I hope to play better tomorrow.”
Zverev will fight against Dominik Koepfer for a place in the Acapulco final.