TennisSection previews the 2021 Geneva Open as Denis Shapovalov (2) meets Casper Ruud (3) in the Final on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021.
Who of these two high-performing youngsters will win their first title of 2021 to gain a lot of momentum entering the 2021 French Open towards the end of this month? Will it be the higher ranked Denis Shapovalov or the clay-court loving Casper Ruud? Both players can win this match if they are on top of their game, but only one will. Who will be the 2021 Geneva Open Champion?
Casper Ruud cruised through his Semi-final match against the in form Pablo Andujar on Friday, winning in straight sets 6-3/6-2. Casper Ruud has been in top form all week, and he has shown us why he is one of the best performing players on clay this year. Casper Ruud is both light on his feet on the clay, meaning he can move around quite quickly, but he also has a lot of power behind his shots, hurting his opponents who have to begin defending right from the start of a point. Now, Casper Ruud will be looking to lift his first title of the year here at the 2021 Geneva Open but he meets a tough opponent in Denis Shapovalov in the Final.
Denis Shapovalov did win his match against Pablo Cuevas in the Semi-final in straight sets, 6-4/7-5, but he did not impress as much as he should have against an opponent who he should have dominated much more. Denis has been subpar all year, going around 50% W/L, and he needs to get some more momentum going if he wants to keep up with the rest of his youngsters who have been succeeding a lot like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev. For someone as hyped as Denis Shapovalov, it is shocking to see that he only has 1 title to his name, and he will have to be at his absolute best if he is to beat Casper Ruud here to claim his 2nd title.
Denis Shapovalov and Casper Ruud have never met before, with this being their first meeting on the ATP Tour. It will definitely be a tight match as they have both played some solid tennis this week. However, as we are on clay, the clear advantage both in terms of movement, but also the ability to dictate play are with Casper Ruud. Denis Shapovalov needs to find his footing here on clay to compete in bigger tournaments, but we all know he thrives on hard courts. I see the Norwegian getting his first title of the year and gaining a lot of momentum for Roland Garros at the end of the month.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Casper Ruud to Win.