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Jordan Thompson triumphs over Casper Ruud for first ATP title in Los Cabos

The victory, in Thompson’s third tour-level final, capped a dramatic week that saw him play for 12 hours across five matches

Our Bureau And Agencies Los Cabos Published 26.02.24, 01:29 PM
Jordan Thompson, after defeating Casper Ruud in the final of the Los Cabos Open, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, on Saturday.

Jordan Thompson, after defeating Casper Ruud in the final of the Los Cabos Open, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, on Saturday. Reuters

Jordan Thompson won his first ATP Tour title, beating Casper Ruud 6-3, 7-6(4) in the final here on Saturday.

The victory, in Thompson’s third tour-level final, capped a dramatic week that saw him play for 12 hours across five matches.

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His run included three match point saves in a comeback from 6-0, 3-0 down against Alex Michelsen in the quarter finals, as well as a three-hour, 40-minute win against Alexander Zverev in the semi-final that finished after 1am on Saturday.

His final victory was straightforward by comparison, but not without its own late drama. Thompson built a 5-3 lead in the second set after trailing 0-2, but was pushed to a tie-break as Ruud locked in from the baseline down the stretch.

Undeterred, the eighth seed regrouped to edge out the Norwegian, clinching the ATP 250 trophy with a big serve and a forehand winner on his first championship point.

“I spent so many hours on the court this week. In the quarter-final I could have been double bageled.

“And now I’m about to lift the trophy, so I think it’s a miracle,” Thompson said after the win.

Written with inputs from Reuters

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