huhhello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of today’s men’s second semi-final, with Casper playing Ruud Marin Cilic for the chance to face either Alexander Zverev or Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s French Open final.
This marks the first time 33-year-old Marin Cilic has joined Philippe-Chatrier to play in a French Open semi-final, a feat that makes the veteran Croat only the fifth active player to reach this podium in all four Grand Slams. reaches. Cilic reached this stage after two top 10 players, Russian giants Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev, placed seventh and second respectively.
The former world number three also broke French hearts by beating Gilles Simon in the third round, after beating Marton Fucsovic and Attila Balazs.
Ruud’s success at the French Open, with victories over Hubert Hurkacz, Lorenzo Sonego and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – in the last game of his career for the Frenchman – comes after a strong season on clay as the Norwegian reached the semi-finals of the Italian has reached. Open before going to Novak Djokovic and win the Geneva Open.
But after his quarter-final victory against Danish teenager Holger Rune, tennis has taken a back seat in a construction controversy between Rune and Ruud, with Rune accusing the world’s number 40 of gloating in the face after the 6-1, 4-6 , 7 -6, 6-3 win. In the aftermath, Ruud has not only denied, but his father Christian has also spoken out about the matter.
Family drama aside, Ruud’s match with Cilic is verging on a knife, with Cilic tearing apart the blueprint for French Open success during his stampede. The pair have only met twice before and Ruud has gotten away with the win both times, but will he do the same today?
Stay tuned to find out as we start building up to today’s second men’s semi-final.