Casper Ruud and Holger Rune to meet in the semifinals


  • The Norwegian player overcame the American Ben Shelton in a spectacular duel.
  • The Danish player did the same against the surprising German Dominik Koepfer.

Acapulco, March 1, 2024 – Norway’s Casper Ruud (No. 11) and Denmark’s Holger Rune (No. 7) will play one of the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presented by HSBC after overcoming their quarter final opponents in exciting matches.  

Ruud, seeded sixth at the Acapulco ATP 500, defeated American Ben Shelton (No. 17) 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4 in a vibrant match that ended in the wee hours of the morning after two hours and 34 minutes of play. 

For Casper, this is his best performance in the Mexican tournament, as he had never advanced beyond the quarterfinal round. His best performance in Acapulco was in 2021 when he stayed in the quarterfinals, on that occasion he was eliminated by Alexander Zverev.

“It was a really very difficult match, but I feel good, I hope to have a good match tomorrow (this Friday) after several matches these days,” said after finishing his match the Norwegian. 

Denmark’s Holger Rune (No. 7) overcame Germany’s Dominik Koepfer (No. 58) in a very close match that had to be defined, both sets, in respective tie breaks by 7-6 (2), 7-6 (0) after one hour and 59 minutes of match time. 

In the first set, Koepfer made a couple of unforced errors, while the Dane broke the German’s serve twice. This is Rune’s second participation in the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco, after he crashed out in the semifinal round last year.

In the current season, it will be for Rune his third semifinal, after reaching this same instance in the Montpellier and Brisbane tournaments.

“[Being in the semifinals] of course is great and yes, I was really looking forward to it. Today was a physical battle, tomorrow will be maybe another physical battle. I could imagine it. We both played very well. So, yeah, I was looking forward to being in another semifinal here. The crowd was amazing today, so I really enjoy playing here in Acapulco,” said the Dane.


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