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  • Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud predictions for Saturday’s Geneva Open final
  • First ever meeting between Shapovalov & Ruud
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Dan Hunter 22 May 2021
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Denis Shapovalov vs Casper Ruud Live Stream & Tips 


No.2 seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada takes on fellow NextGen star Norwegian Casper Ruud -seeded third - in the final of the Geneva Open on Saturday, May 22. Both men looked outstanding winning their semifinals on Friday, Ruud defeated in-form Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2, while Shapovalov overcame clay-court specialist Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 7-5. 

The Geneva Open is an ATP 250 clay-court tournament, and one of the last such events before the French Open begins on May 30. Both Shapovalov and Ruud have dropped just one set in Geneva this week, the Canadian losing the opening set of his first match against Italian Marco Cecchinato before going on to win 6-7, 7-5, 6-1, while Ruud was briefly in trouble in his quarterfinal match against Germany’s Dominik Koepfer before prevailing 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.


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Much has been expected of Denis Shapovalov, ever since he scored a stunning victory over Rafael Nadal in the Canadian Open in 2017 as an unknown 18-year-old. Casper Ruud’s rise up the ATP rankings has gone relatively under the radar, but after reaching three consecutive semifinals including two Masters 1000 events during the current European clay-court swing, the Norwegian could crack the world’s top-10 long before the end of 2021. 

Much as I love the explosive power and exciting, extrovert tennis of Denis Shapovalov, I’m backing the cool, clinical Casper Ruud to defeat him on Saturday and claim his second ATP tour clay-court title. This match will most likely go the distance, with the Canadian taking the first set before Ruud levels things in the second, and in the third set the superior clay-court skills of the Norwegian will come to the fore as Shapovalov’s power game starts to unravel.  

  • Shapovalov ranked world no.15
  • Shapovalov 11-10 this season 
  • Ruud ranked world no.21
  • Ruud 16-6 this season 

Head to Head


This will be the first meeting on the ATP tour between Denis Shapovalov and Casper Ruud. Surprisingly, as both are the same age and were highly ranked juniors, there is no evidence of these two coming face-to-face on the ATP Challenger Tour or the ITF tour which are both frequented by rising young players. Both men have won one ATP tour title; Shapovalov at the Stockholm Open in 2019, while Ruud won the Argentina Open in 2020.

Denis Shapovalov Form


22-year-old Dennis Shapovalov is currently ranked a career-high 15th in the world, and on current form could well crack the world’s top 10 within a few weeks. Shapovalov hasn’t played an awful lot of clay court tennis, and it took him a while to find his feet on the European clay these past few weeks. However, he finally hit top form in the third round of the Italian Open last week, pushing the King of Clay himself Rafael Nadal to his absolute limits in a pulsating three-hour 28 minute epic. 

Shapovalov had two match points in the third set but couldn’t put Nadal away, and instead the Spaniard triumphed 3-6, 6-4, 7-6. Although Shapovalov was devastated to lose a such a high-profile match that he was so close to winning, the experience of being forced to raise his game to compete with Nadal on such a high level has sharpened his clay-court game like never before. That has been evident in Geneva this week as Shapovalov has cruised through his matches with a new swagger and confidence on the red dirt.

Casper Ruud Form


22-year-old Casper Ruud is currently ranked no.21 of the world, although he was recently as high as 16. Thanks to his excellent performances at the ATP Masters Series 1000 events at Monte Carlo and Rome these past few weeks, reaching the semifinals in both as well as in Munich, Ruud might well crack the world’s top 10 in the coming months. 

Already Casper Ruud is Norway’s greatest ever tennis player, surpassing the achievements of his father Christian who reached a career-high ATP ranking of 39 in October 1995 and reached an ATP tour final. However, Ruud has the talent and all-court game to become one of the best players in the world, and a force to be reckoned with for many years to come. 

After reaching three consecutive clay-court semifinals in Monte Carlo, Munich and Rome, this week in Geneva Ruud has gone one better and made the final. In his semi he thrashed 35-year-old Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2. Andujar was playing his best tennis in years, and had defeated Roger Federer earlier in the week.

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Verdict

Historically, men’s tennis has rarely looked as healthy as it does right now; not only are the legends like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and possibly even Roger Federer still playing at an incredibly high level, there is an abundance of extremely talented youngsters coming through.

Two shining examples of that group contest Saturday’s Geneva Open final, with the big hitting Canadian phenom Denis Shapovalov taking on the fast rising Norwegian prospect Casper Ruud. While I am a massive fan of the explosive power of Shapovalov, I’m backing the superior clay-court skills of Ruud to see him through to victory in a three-set classic.
Best Bet: Ruud Winner @-161.29 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Ruud 2-1 Set Betting @300.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: Shapovalov Set 1 Winner @110.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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