Casper Ruud, finalist at Roland-Garros in 2022 and 2023, put an end to the fine run of Ugo Humbert (15th in the world) on Friday in the quarter-finals of the Masters 1000 in Monte-Carlo where the Frenchman had never before won the lesser match. The last Habs in the running resisted but the Norwegian (10th) won 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 and will face world number 1 Novak Djokovic on Saturday for a place in the final.

To date, Ruud, who also played the final of the US Open in 2023, has his best result in Monte-Carlo, a semi-final lost against Andrey Rublev in 2021. For his part, Humbert had never passed the least lap in three previous appearances in Monte-Carlo, not counting his defeat in qualifying in 2019.

Ruud calmly pocketed the first set and broke away 2-0 in the second, seeming to finish the game without trembling. But Humbert held on and scored ten consecutive points to go from 0-2 to 3-2 with a break in his favor. A lead that he retained until the end to take the match into a decisive round which, however, quickly turned in favor of his opponent.