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Ruud, Garin advance to U.S. Men’s Clay Court final

Miami Open 2019 - Day 4

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: Casper Ruud of Norway in action against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada during day four of the Miami Open tennis on March 21, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON -- Trying to become the first Norwegian champion in ATP World Tour history, Casper Ruud beat qualifier Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.

The 20-year-old Ruud will face Christian Garin of Chile. The 22-year Garin beat American Sam Querrey 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Ruud’s father, Christian, won the River Oaks International exhibition tournament on these grounds in 1996. Christian Ruud was the last player from Norway to make an ATP final, at Bastad, Sweden, in 1995.

Garin also is seeking his first tour title.