Oh, this will sting for a while for Casper Ruud as the Norwegian found himself up a break in the final set only to lose the match in three sets. The Norwegian was favoured in this match despite Fokina being in utterly impressive form in the opening two matches.
The Spaniard won his opening round match easily and then followed that up with an equally impressive thrashing of Alexander Zverev. Due to that many assumed that he would have a chance to best Ruud and he did but he was quite lucky.
The opening set was as close as it can get finishing in a tiebreak. It was won by Davidovich Fokina whose ultra-aggressive style ultimately paid off as he posted 27 winners in that one. Ruud was pretty solid as well but paid the price for not using any of the four break points he had in the set.
He didn't face a single break point and lost the set which is unfortunate. The turnaround happened in the second set as he took an early break but lost it a few games after that. He would break again and this time hold for the 6-3 set.
Fokina was very vulnerable on his second serve and the Norwegian continued to exploit that in the final set as well. He took an early break and held it till 5-4 when he was supposed to serve out the match but he failed. It resulted in another tiebreak and it was Fokina Ocne again who prevailed after Ruud slammed multiple forehands wide.
The final score was 7-6(4) 3-6 7-6(4) for the Spaniard who posted 58 winners earning a match against Mackenzie McDonald who bested Milos Raonic.