Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud said it was a fun way to get his 100th ATP win.
Ruud, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 11 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat home favorite Reilly Opelka 6-7 (5) 6-0 7-6 (4) to reach the Cincinnati Masters round-of-16.
After Wimbledon, Ruud claimed three consecutive titles in as many weeks.
Ruud is now hoping to make some notable results on the hard courts.
“It was a fun way to get your 100th win. A 7-6 in the third win is always probably one of the greatest feelings in the game, especially against a player like Opelka, where every point matters,” Ruud told the ATP website. “The match could be turned around in one or two points and decided in one or two points. It was a great way to get my 100th win.”
Ruud close to beating his father’s match wins number
Ruud’s father, Christian, earned 115 wins on the ATP Tour during his career.
“I need to win 16 more matches to get him and then I’ve beaten his record,” Ruud said. “Hopefully I can win 100 more, that would be nice. But in this game, there are no guarantees, so any match you win, you take it.”
Opelka failed to convert any of his three consecutive break points in the ninth game of the first set but kept his focus as he converted his first set point in the tie-break to win a tight opener.
After losing a tight first set, Ruud bounced back in style as he broke Opelka three times to win the second set and force a decider.
Ruud had the lone break points of the third set but Opelka saved two break points in the 11th game to eventually force a tie-hreak.
In the tie-break, Ruud took an early 4-0 lead before realizing his fourth match point to escape with a three-set win.