French Open: Casper Ruud takes two sets lead against Alexander Zverev in second semifinal

Norway’s Casper Ruud has gone two sets up in the second men’s singles French Open semifinal against Germany’s Alexander Zverev.

Ruud won the second set 6-4 after grabbing the first set 6-3.

Rudd, who reached a career-high singles ranking of world No 2 in 2022, is looking for a place in Sunday’s final against Novak Djokovic who earlier in the afternoon defeated world number one Carlos Alcaraz 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1.

Djokovic took a huge leap towards a record 23rd men’s Grand Slam title with victory against an ailing Alcaraz whose chances were compromised by a serious bout of cramps.