Canadian Denis Shapovalov defeats Pablo Cuevas in Geneva Open final – fr

Canadian Denis Shapovalov defeats Pablo Cuevas in Geneva Open final – fr

GENEVA – Canada’s Denis Shapovalov says a heartbreaking loss to Rafael Nadal last week is now paying off.
Second-seeded Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., Heads to the Geneva Open final after beating qualifier Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 7-5 in the semi-final on Friday at the ATP Tour 250 on clay.

Shapovalov lost a third-set tiebreaker to Nadal, the 20-time Grand Slam champion and the man widely regarded as the best clay court player in history, last week in a third-round thriller at the Italian Open.

“Even though I didn’t win against Rafa, I was playing at his level and playing really good tennis,” Shapovalov said of the clay court match against Nadal.

“I just tried to build on the positives of this game and keep moving forward. Obviously it was a tough loss but I was really focused on the positives. I thought I played really well and I’m really happy to continue at this level. “

Shapovalov will face No 3 Casper Ruud of Norway in the final on Saturday. The 22-year-old have never faced each other at the highest level.

“I know Casper very well. We played together in the juniors. We go back a long way, ”said Shapovalov. “Of course he has improved a lot. He’s been playing at a very, very high level over the past few weeks, months. It’s really fun to watch his game. I really like watching him play. It’s going to be a fun battle. “

The Canadian won a semi-final for just the second time in 12 occasions on the ATP Tour with his victory over Cuevas.

Shapovalov won 75% of the points on his first serve and saved three of the five break points.

Shapovalov has said he prefers to play on grass or hard courts, but he knows he can make his game work on clay.

“It’s a surface I’ve always known I can play well,” he said. “I enjoy faster tennis… I just need to be a little more patient and play a little safer or smarter maybe. While weed, you can sort of get away with big serves and big hits. Here you almost have to do it. play chess and build the point. “

Ruud beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2 in the other Geneva semi-final.

Ruud is on a roll, having reached the semi-finals in his last three events and the quarter-finals in his two tournaments before that.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on May 21, 2021.


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