NEW YORK — Casper Ruud, the 2022 US Begin runner-up, used to be eliminated Wednesday evening when Zhizhen Zhang grew to develop to be the first Chinese language man to beat a player within the tip five of the ATP ranking.
Zhang upset the No. 5 seed 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 to reach the third round of a Immense Slam event for the 2d time. It used to be his 2d five-field victory to originate this event after he misplaced his first four five-setters.
Zhang grew to develop to be the first Chinese language man to compete within the predominant plan at Wimbledon within the knowledgeable generation when he qualified in 2021. He qualified final year at the US Begin, becoming a member of Yibing Wu because the first men from their nation within the predominant plan of the year’s ultimate Immense Slam event.
The 26-year-extinct Zhang reached the third round of the French Begin in June before falling to Ruud, who had been to the finals in three of the final six Immense Slam events.
Ruud, who misplaced to Carlos Alcaraz final year in Flushing Meadows, is the ultimate-ranked Norwegian within the history of the ATP ranking, which dates to 1973. He had reached No. 2 final year and is at the moment No. 5.
But after losing the fourth field in only 23 minutes, Zhang broke Ruud’s reduction to originate the ultimate field, including a 2d for a 4-1 lead.
He’ll face Rinky Hijikata of Australia within the third round.
With No. 4 seed Holger Rune and Ruud every out, it marks the first time since 2006 that a pair of fellows seeded within the tip five misplaced before the third round of a US Begin. In 2006, 3-seed Ivan Ljubičić misplaced within the first round, while No. 4 David Nalbandian used to be knocked out within the 2d.
Ruud, moreover the runner-up at the French Begin in 2022 and 2023, is the first US Begin finalist to lose within the first two rounds of the following year’s event since Kei Nishikori, who misplaced within the first round in 2015 after finishing runner-as a lot as Marin Cilic in 2014.
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