A final that everyone wants to see

27 May 2017

It's not the dream final between the seeds No. 1 and 2, but it is a final that everyone wants to see! Saturday at 15:00, the clash between the title holder Stan Wawrinka and Mischa Zverev for victory in this 2017 edition of the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open has enormous promise. The "executioner" Kei Nishikori plays an almost atypical tennis game that this week has not ceased to disorient the opponent.

The German surprised everyone in the first semi-final. Alexander's elder brother won 6-4 3-6 6-3 ahead of Kei Nishikori. Seeded No. 2 on the table, the Japanese didn't expect to encounter such a strong opponent on his base line, especially with the forehand.

Stan Wawrinka is fully aware of the danger he will face to sign the double at Parc des Eaux-Vives. "Mischa is very talented and he is physically much stronger than last year. He has already secured big wins this year, like against Andy Murray at the Australian Open", highlighted Stan Wawrinka. "He is a left-hander with a particular style of play. It is difficult to get into a rhythm against him. You've got to accept that he smashes aces, and returns volleys. He practices the service-volley less on clay, but he goes up to the net quite often. It will be up to me to keep him on his base line to prevent him from imposing his game."

Stan Wawrinka won 6-3 7-6 (4) his semi-final against the Russian Andrey Kuznetsov. He was able to find the necessary relaxation in the money time, especially when he had to eliminate three 5-3 balls for his opponent in the second set. But carried by "his" public, the ambassador of the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open was able to conclude in two sets to play a second final this year, after Indian Wells.

The doubles final, scheduled at 12:30, will oppose the seeds No. 1 and 2. The Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer and the Romanian Horia Tecau will face the Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who had taken the title two years ago at Parc des Eaux-Vives.

Picture: Stan Wawrinka - © Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open / Augusto Tomassetti