But as another chapter in their region’s storied history was written in Paris, it was Ruud who had the last word.
The 23-year-old surged past Rune and weathered a mid-match wobble to win 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 and move into his first Grand Slam final four, where he will meet 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic.
Story of the match
From the Norwegian and Danish competitors, to the Swedish chair umpire Louise Azemar Engzell, the stage was set for a celebration of the next generation of Scandinavian talent on Chatrier.
Ruud, however, came racing out of the gates and in no mood to be generous with his 19-year-old North Sea neighbor.
A 21-shot rally set the tone in the second game, with Ruud applying the pressure with his faster serve and heavier groundstrokes.
The Norwegian quickly opened up a daunting 5-0 lead with a double-break, after a sharp exchange at the net, firing a crisp volley and inside-out backhand passing shot. Ruud kept his opponent under pressure, returning serve from well behind the baseline and giving himself time to run around the backhand, teeing off for booming returns.
After being steamrolled in the 6-1 opening set, the Danish teen jolted to life heading into the second.
Ridding himself of any early jitters, Rune took a page out of his opponent’s book and took a huge step back behind the baseline; while Ruud’s first-serves regularly whizzed past him in the first set, Rune began to get more returns in play in the second to snap the Norwegian out of his rhythm.