Denis Shapovalov reaches the final of the 2021 Stockholm Open

Denis Shapovalov (Wikimedia Commons)

Denis Shapovalov of Toronto, Ontario has reached the fourth final of his tennis career. On Friday, Shapovalov defeated fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal, Quebec 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals of the 2021 Stockholm Open.

Shapovalov is trying to win the Stockholm Open for the second time in his career. He previously beat Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-4 in the 2019 Stockholm Open final. The two ATP events where Shapovalov reached a final and lost came at the 2019 Paris Masters, where he lost to 20-time grand slam champion and six-time Paris Masters champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, 6-3, 6-4, and the 2021 Geneva Open Final in Switzerland, where Shapovalov lost 7-6, 6-4 to Casper Ruud of Norway.

In an interesting note, when Djokovic beat Shapovalov to win the 2019 Paris Masters, it was the second time in his career he beat a Canadian in the final. Djokovic previously beat Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ontario 6-2, 6-3 in the 2014 Paris Masters Final. Djokovic has the record for the most Paris Masters titles with six. Earlier this month, he beat Daniil Medvedev of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final.

Shapovalov meanwhile, will be facing unranked American Tommy Paul in the 2021 Stockholm Open final. Paul beat fellow American Frances Tiafoe in the other semifinal on Friday, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4. This will be Paul’s first ATP Final, and first time he will have ever faced Shapovalov.

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