TennisSection previews the 2021 Geneva Open as Denis Shapovalov (2) meets Laslo Djere in the Quarter-finals on Thursday, May 20th, 2021.
Will Laslo Djere be able to cause another upset as he looks to knock out a high seeded player to make his way to the Semi-finals? Will Denis Shapovalov show us a high level of play after he struggled to get out of the gates in his match earlier in the day? Both players are very strong players in these conditions, but only one will make their way to the Semi-finals of the 2021 Geneva Open. Who will win?
Laslo Djere put on a very solid performance against the always tough Italian, Fabio Fognini, in the Round of 16, beating him 6-3/6-7/6-1. Fabio was able to fight back against Djere in the second set, however, the Serb raised his level drastically in the third to cause the upset. Laslo Djere is an underrated player on the ATP Tour, and when he plays in ATP 250 tournaments, more often than not he ends up reaching the quarter finals or the semi finals. Now, Laslo Djere will fancy his chances against a potentially tired Denis Shapovalov in the Quarter-finals as he wants to cause the upset here.
Denis Shapovalov had to come back from a set down against the Italian, Marco Cecchinato, on Thursday morning, beating the Italian 6-7/7-5/6-1. Denis did not show up to play for the first half of that match and was really lucky to not have been broken in the second set. Once Denis Shapovalov was able to win the second set, and then the momentum of the match changed. The issue now is that Denis Shapovalov is going to have to play another match in a day. His match was played on Thursday morning due to rain causing delays yesterday, and I wonder how much energy Denis will have in this Quarter-final at the 2021 Geneva Open, especially as we all know he does not have the best stamina.
Denis Shapovalov and Laslo Djere have never met before, with this being their first meeting on the ATP Tour. Although Denis is ranked 39 spots higher than Laslo, I don’t have the most confidence in him. Denis required the perfect conditions to unleash his game, and when he is tired, or not on his favourite surface, he can lose to very low ranked opponents. I still believe that both players have a chance to win this match as they know how to play in these clay court conditions, but I cannot back either of them as they do have some volatile performances. I expect for this to be a long 3 set match however.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: 3 Sets.