21. September 2020
Rome Masters 1000
From New York to Rome and the start of the claycourt season after the Corona brake.
Rome Masters 1000 is on and Caspers first round opponent is Khachanov ATP 16. A tough opponent. Casper delivers heavy and solid claycourt tennis and wins his first round in three sets. In second round Casper plays Sonego, a solid claycourt player from Italy.
A tough match with strong rallys which Casper wins in two sets 6-3 6-4.
Casper is ready for the round of 16 and Marin Cilic is on the other side. A former grandslam winner and top 3 in the world. Casper is able to neutralize Cilic´s big serve and is stronger from the baseline. He wins the match 6/2 7/6 and is into his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal and will play M. Berrittini on home turf.
A long and tough battle with the match moving back and forth ends in a victory for Casper 7/6 in the third set.
Casper is making Norwegian tennis history by reaching the semifinals of a Masters 1000. In the semis no lesser than world number one Djokovic is on the other side of the net.
A big and difficult task but Casper is ready. With good intensity, attitude and a solid game he pushed the world number one and gave him a good fight. Casper loses the match 5/7 3/6.
With great results this week he will reach his career high of ATP 30.