At the Geneva Open 2021, Casper Ruud, after the tournament he won in Buenos Aires in 2020, is back to triumph on clay-courts. The Norwegian defeated Denis Shapovalov in two sets. Neither player managed to strike back in the first set.
Before the set reached the tie-break, Shapovalov was only able to win four points on his opponent's serve; Ruud did slightly better, because he took home seven points by points. The first to show his emotions in the tie-break was the Canadian, who under 2-3 missed a simple volley and sent a comfortable forehand over the baseline.
It was then Ruud's turn to leave room for fears: the Norwegian literally threw four set points to the winds, only to close the set at 8-6 thanks also to the backhand volley sent under the net by his opponent. It was the fifth game to definitively shift the balance in the second set of the challenge and to record the first break points of the match.
Ruud missed four answers in the four chances Shapovalov gave him in return, but he still operated the break thanks to the wrong backhand volley from the Canadian, who once again misses a decisive shot at the net. deservedly won the Swiss event.
Final result: 7-6 (6) 6-4.
Cori Gauff won in Parma
The second WTA title for the very young American star Cori Gauff arrived at the Emilia-Romagna Open 2021 in Parma. After the success obtained against Jelena Ostapenko in 2019 in Linz, when she managed to win by even entering the draw as a lucky loser, the US player won her first tournament on clay-court by beating with a score of 6-1, 6-3 the Chinese Wang Qiang.
It took Gauff one hour and fourteen minutes to beat his opponent. In the first set, the 17-years-old scored with a backhand and controlled the set from the first to the last exchange. Under 3-0, the Chinese recovered from 0-30, won her first game and tried to get back into the game.
Her efforts, however, did not help, because Gauff continued to pull winning after winning and to perfectly manage her shifts. When it came time to serve for the first set, Gauff then had to cancel three break points after committing two consecutive double faults before closing at 6-1.
In the second game set it was Wang who secured the first chances in response in the fourth game, but again she failed to score and she gave up the serve in the next game. That of the fourth game will prove to be the last chance for the Chinese tennis player, who thus saw her first success in the major circuit fade. Instead, Gauff's performance was excellent, confirming the progress made in recent months.