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After playing Madrid, where he was defeated by Dusan Lajovic in round 2, Casper continued to Rome. Rome was
After playing Madrid, where he was defeated by Dusan Lajovic in round 2, Casper continued to Rome. There he reached the semi-finals after defeating Botic van den Zandschulp, Jenson Brooksby and Denis Shapovalov. In the semi-finals Casper played Novak Djokovic, who ended up winning the title. Casper was defeated 4-6, 3-6 by the world number 1.
From Rome, Ruud went straight to Geneva where he defeated Benoit Paire, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Reilly Opleka and ended up winning the tiltle after defeating Joao Sousa in the final.
After Geneva the team continued to Paris where Casper´s goal was to exceed a third round in a grand slam. It was a tough and emotional first round, playing Tsonga at his retirement tournament. Casper won 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, 7-6. In the second round Casper played and defeated Ruusuvuori and in the third round he won a five set match against Lorenzo Sonego. At this point he had broken his record and was ready for round four where he defeated Hubert Hurkacz. In the second week he played danish Holger Rune and made it to the semi-finals in a grand slam tournament. In the semi-finals Casper went up against Marin Cilic, and after his win, Casper was in the final of Roland Garros.
In the final, Casper was facing the 13 time French Open and 21 grand slam winner, Rafael Nadal.