Casper Ruud advanced to the quarterfinals in soggy Montreal on Thursday after defeating Roberto Bautista Agut with a comeback victory of 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4. He is still pursuing his maiden ATP Masters 1000 championship. After a sluggish start, the Norwegian picked up the pace and levelled in the second set by increasing his intensity. At the National Bank Open, the fourth seed opened his shoulders in the decider to complete the victory after a 69-minute rain delay.
In the third set, in front of an enthusiastic crowd, Ruud improved the depth, consistency, and topspin on his backhand, allowing him to push Bautista Agut back and win points with his strong forehand.
The 23-year-old, who reached the quarterfinals of the Toronto Open last year, has improved his ATP Head2Head series record against the Spaniard to 1-2 and will now take on Felix Auger-Aliassime, a fan favourite at home.