Denis Shapovalov brought Rafael Nadal to his knees in Rome
Norwegian tennis star Casper Ruud expects a tough job when he meets Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov in the Geneva Open final. Ruud, ranked No.21 in the world, inflicted a 6-3 6-2 defeat on Pablo Andujar in the Geneva semi-final on Friday.
Following his victory over Andujar, Ruud won his first final of the 2021 season. Meanwhile, world No.15 Shapovalov beat Pablo Cuevas 6-4 7-5 to also reach his first final of the season. Last week at the Rome Masters, Shapovalov missed two match points against Rafael Nadal as the Spaniard won 3-6 6-4 7-6 (3).
Shapovalov was on a set and a break before 13-time Roland Garros champion Nadal made a comeback. “Denis has also played very well on the surface recently and took [Rafael] Nadal got down on his knees last week in Rome and had match points, ”Ruud said, according to the ATP website.
“And I was watching the game. He was playing very well and played well here too ”.
Ruud looked after Andujar regularly
Ruud got the game’s first break in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead. The Norwegian then collected his second break in Game 9 to seal the game opener.
The same scenario happened in the second set as Ruud won two breaks and lost no service matches to comfortably win the set and book a straight-line victory. On the other side, Shapovalov also won a second set, but he had a bit more difficult job than Ruud.
Shapovalov beat Cuevas in Game 5, but broke in Game 8. After catching up with Shapovalov, Cuevas again gave up his serve as the Canadian served for the opening of Game 10. Shapovalov lost 4-2 in the second set, before winning back-to-back breaks to reverse the deficit and book a final clash against Ruud. Whether Ruud can beat Shapovalov and win his first title of the season remains to be seen.