Canada’s Shapovalov into Geneva final with win over Cuevas

GENEVA — Canada’s Denis Shapovalov is heading to the final of the Geneva Open.

The second-seeded Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat qualifier Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 7-5 in semifinal action at the ATP Tour 250 clay-court event on Friday.

Shapovalov will face No. 3 seed Casper Ruud of Norway in the final on Saturday in a battle of 22-year-olds.

The Canadian won a semifinal for just the second time in 12 chances on the ATP Tour with his victory over Cuevas.

Shapovalov won 75 per cent of points when he got his first serve in and saved three of five break points.

Shapovalov is in good form on clay. Last week, he lost a three-set thriller against 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open, failing to capitalize on two match points.

Ruud beat Spain’s Pablo Andujar in the other Geneva semifinal.

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