Zhizhen Zhang Upsets Casper Ruud in Five Sets at US Open

Zhizhen Zhang pulled off a major upset on Wednesday, defeating fifth-seeded Casper Ruud in five sets in the second round of the US Open. The Chinese player won 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 in a match that lasted three hours and 18 minutes.

Zhang, who is ranked 67th in the world, was playing in his first US Open main draw. He had never before beaten a top-10 player. But he came out firing on all cylinders against Ruud, hitting 59 winners to the Norwegian's 32.

Zhang also served well, firing 18 aces. He was particularly effective on his first serve, winning 78% of those points.

Ruud, who was the runner-up at the US Open last year, was visibly frustrated by Zhang's play. He made 55 unforced errors in the match.

The win is the biggest of Zhang's career. He will next face Australian Rinky Hijikata in the third round.

Zhang's victory is a major boost for Chinese tennis. He is the first Chinese man to beat a top-5 player since the beginning of the ATP rankings in 1973. Zhang's performance is sure to inspire other young Chinese players and give them hope that they can compete at the highest level.

The upset is also a reminder that anything can happen at a Grand Slam tournament. The best players in the world are always vulnerable, and even the biggest favorites can be beaten on a given day.

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