Casper Ruud broke through his 2021 semi-final barrier on Friday, burying Pablo Andujar 6-3, 6-2 in 80 minutes for a place in the ATP Geneva title match.
Th Norwegian third seed also did local fans a favour – only 100 are allowed around the tiny lakeside showcourt – by eliminating the rogue Spaniard who knocked out locals Roger Federer and Dominic Stricker this week on home clay.
The 21st-ranked Ruud came good on the pre-Roland Garros clay after losing spring semi-finals in the Masters 1000 pair of Monte Carlo and Madrid as well as Munich.
The 22-year-old has earned all 12 of his career semi-final spots on his preferred clay; he stands 9-6 this season with victories over Top 20 opponents Pablo Carreno Busta, Diego Schwartzman, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Stefanos Tstisipas.
Two service breaks per set were enough to see Ruud through to his first final since Chile in March, 2020, winning as Andujar sent an overhead crashing into the net on match point to lose serve.
Ruud will bid for the Swiss title on Saturday when he faces Canadian Denis Shapovalov, a 6-3, 7-5 winner over veteran qualifier Pablo Cuevas.
The Canadian benefitted from eight aces,breaking his opponent form Uruguay four times. in an hour and three-quarters on the clay.
The 15th-ranked Shapovalov began improving his miserable record in ATP semi-finals to lift his record at the final-four stage to 2-10.
The pair of finalists have never before played.
Main photo:-Casper Ruud moves into Geneva Final – by ATPTour.com