MONTREAL ( Associated Press) – Norway’s Casper Rood advanced to the Montreal Masters quarterfinals on Thursday, beating Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-4.
Rudd (seeded fourth) is the top seed in the race after the elimination of Russian Daniil Medvedev (1st), Spanish Carlos Alcaraz (second) and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (third) on Wednesday.
Roode dominated Bautista Agut (14th) after the match was interrupted by a storm for over an hour.
“It was a tough fight. The first two sets took 2 hours 20 minutes,” said Rudd. “There was a good intensity and I felt it a little bit in my legs. Luckily, it did rain some, which gave me time to breathe and recover some energy, I can thank the rain gods today, who gave me a little more time and strength.
Roode will face local Felix Auger-Aliassim (VI), who defeated Britain’s Cameron Norie 6-3, 6-4.
“It was a very solid victory,” said 22-year-old Auger Aliasim. “I served really well but I feel like I put pressure on him at every opportunity.”
Pole Hubert Herquez (8th) also took the lead after beating Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-7(6), 6-2, 7-6(3).
Nick Kyrgios beat fellow Australian Alex de Minaur 6-2, 6-3. France’s Gael Monfils (17th) retired early in the second set of his match against Britain’s Jack Draper, who came from qualifying.
Monfils, who trailed 6-2, 0-2, treated his right ankle but was unable to continue.
In the night session, Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Italy’s Janic Sinar 6-2, 6-4.