Second seed Denis Shapovalov will take on Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the semifinals of the 2021 Geneva Open on Friday, May 21. Get the live streaming options of this Denis Shapovalov v Pablo Cuevas match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Denis Shapovalov v Pablo Cuevas Head to Head
Cuevas won their only meeting at Indian Wells in 2018, winning the round of 64 clash 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
Shapovalov In Semis for the Second Time in 2021
World No. 15 Denis Shapovalov eased past Serbia’s Laslo Djere in the quarterfinals of the Geneva Open on Thursday to reach the final four of a tournament for the second time in 2021.
The 22-year-old Canadian, who had earlier reached the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships, needed an hour and 31 minutes to beat the World No. 54 Djere 6-4, 6-4.
Winning 65% of his service points, Shapovalov saved 8 of 9 break points and converted 3 of 6 to improve to 13-10 in 2021.
The tall left-hander had to work double shift on Thursday, after his Round of 16 clash was suspended due to rain on Wednesday. He survived a scare against Italy’s Marco Cecchinato in the first match of the day, having to bounce back after conceding the first set to win the two-hour-and-22-minute contest 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-1.
Shapovalov had struck 15 aces against Cecchinato’s 7 and had won 71% service points and 40% return points.
The Canadian, who won his only ATP title in Stockholm in 2019 and finished runner-up at the Paris Masters the same year, has found his footing on clay ahead of the French Open. He had a disappointing start to the clay season, making early exits from Barcelona, Estoril and Madrid; but a run to the round of 16 in Rome, where he squandered two match points before going down to Rafael Nadal in a thriller, and the quarterfinal win on Thursday will give him a lot of confidence ahead of the Roland Garros event.
In the first quarter of the year, Shapovalov had reached the semifinal in Dubai before going down to Lloyd Harris. He also reached the last eight in Doha but fell to Taylor Fritz.
Cuevas Gets Second Win Against Dimitrov
On Friday, Shapovalov will meet 35-year-old Pablo Cuevas, who knocked out the fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Cuevas needed an hour and 34 minutes to beat Dimitrov 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 and improve to 2-0 against the Bulgarian on clay. Overall Dimitrov leads 3-2 head-to-head, with all his wins coming on hard courts.
Cuevas, who saved the only break point opportunity on his serve, had five opportunities to break the World No. 20. While Dimitrov saved four of those break points, Cuevas capitalised on one of them in the second set to go on to clinch his fifth win in the tournament.
Cuevas had entered the main draw in Geneva after beating Switzerland’s Jakub Paul and Italy’s Lorenzo Giustino in the two qualifying rounds.
The Uruguayan then defeated the United States’ Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the first round on Tuesday and followed it with a 6-2, 6-4 win over French wildcard Arthur Cazaux in the second round on Thursday. The match, which began on Wednesday, had to be pushed to the next day due to rains.
Cuevas is yet to be broken in the main draw of the tournament. He saved two of two break points against Opelka, didn’t allow Cazaux a single opportunity to break his serve and saved the lone break point against Dimitrov in the quarterfinals.
The Uruguayan is now 7-3 in 2021. Ranked 102nd in the world, Cuevas will be aiming to reach an 11th final following a win on Friday. He has won six titles, all on clay, with last of those coming in 2017 in Sao Paulo. His last appearance in a title clash was in Estoril, two years ago.
Denis Shapovalov v Pablo Cuevas Prediction and Tip
Both players have found their rhythm on clay and are looking good, so expect this semifinal contest to be a cracker. Shapovalov will be a slight favourite though. He is the higher ranked player, the second seed and stretched Nadal to the hilt in Rome last week.