2021 Geneva Open: Ruud secures second ATP title

GENEVA, SwitzerlandCasper Ruud (NOR) defeated Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 7-6, 6-4 in an all-Yonex final at the 2021 Geneva Open.

Both 22-year-olds were looking to capture their second career title, with Ruud’s first coming last year and Shapovalov’s in 2019.

The first set featured strong serving from both players with no breakpoint opportunities between the pair. In the tiebreaker, Ruud jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but Shapovalov fought off four set points to level the game. Ruud then regained his focus and won the next two points to take the first set 7-6 (6).

In the second set, Ruud saw his first breakpoint opportunity of the match at 2-2 in the second and held on the rest of the way.

Ruud, who has become a clay court specialist, has a tour-leading 32 clay-court wins since 2020, six more than the next player.

Fast Facts

  • Casper’s first title also came on clay in Argentina
  • He dropped only one set en route to his second career title
  • Casper moves back to his career-high ranking of 16, which will give him his highest seed at a major heading into Roland-Garros

Road to the Title
Round of 16: def. Tennys Sandgren, 7-5, 6-2
Quarterfinals: def. Dominik Koepfer, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
Semifinals: def. Pablo Andujar, 6-3, 6-2
Finals: def. [2] Denis Shapovalov, 7-6, 6-4

Casper’s Gear
Racquet: EZONE
Apparel: 2021 Spring Collection
Footwear: ECLIPSION 3
Bag: 75th Racquet Bag