After reaching 2 Grand Slam finals last year, Casper Ruud was expected to make a deep run at the Australian Open 2023, mainly with world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz not competing in Melbourne.
However, the world No. 3 has crashed out in the second round to Jenson Brooksby, who has recorded his second win over a top 10 player in his promising career.
The unseeded American was able to send the 2022 French Open and US Open finalist 6-3 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2 to reach the third round for the 1st time in his career after a match filled with epic rallies.
Ruud 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, and 15 minutes after his first chance.
The 22-year-old, Jenson Brooksby, will play fellow American Tommy Paul next after he beat world No. 32 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in five sets.
Casper Ruud's early exit left the AO 2023 without its top two seeds in week one after Nadal’s shock loss on the same court Wednesday to another American in Mackenzie McDonald.
It opens the door to Novak Djokovic winning a 10th Melbourne title and temporarily derails Ruud’s dreams of becoming world number one.
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