A sell-out

25 May 2017

A great "first" Wednesday at Parc des Eaux-Vives! For the first time, we were sold out during the week at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open tournament. Nearly 4,000 spectators applauded Stan Wawrinka's rapid qualification for the quarter-finals. The title holder was only on the court for 38 minutes due to Rogerio Dutra Silva abandoning the match. With an injury in his right ankle, the Brazilian gave up when the Swiss was leading 5-2.

This Thursday, the task given to Stan Wawrinka promises to be very tricky. The Vaudois will face Sam Querrey at 18:00. The 28th player in the world won the ATP 500 tournament this year in Acapulco, especially thanks to his victory in the final against Rafael Nadal. Victorious in doubles last year in Geneva, the American could really worry Stan Wawrinka. "Especially with such fast playing conditions," says Stan Wawrinka who can count on the support of the public, "his" public.

This Querrey-Wawrinka shock will be preceded by another meeting between Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson. Faced with the South African, the Japanese will confront the same difficulty as Stan Wawrinka playing Sam Querrey. It will be necessary to find the key to play his opponent to the maximum.

The first quarter-final at 1:15pm is also full of promises. Victor of John Isner, Mischa Zverev can thwart the odds yet again. The German will face Steve Johnson in an encounter that will undoubtedly offer a very beautiful opposition of style.

Picture: Stan Wawrinka & Rogerio Dutra Silva - © Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open / Augusto Tomassetti