Kuznetsov's sprint finish

22 May 2017

A big crowd and plenty of sunshine: the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open certainly got underway this weekend. It's smiles for now for five players from the qualifications, Mischa Zverev (ATP 32), Daniel Altmaier (ATP 259), Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (ATP 321), Franko Skugor (ATP 344) and Roberto Marcora (ATP 772), who all won their ticket for the main draw, as well as Andrey Kuznetsov (ATP 81).

A quarter finalist from the previous year, the Russian returned almost out of nowhere in front of Thomaz Bellucci (ATP 59) in the only meeting of the main draw played on Sunday. The Brazilian was leading 6-3 4-2, but the Russian simply removed ten of the last eleven games to defeat the 2015 winner of the Bank Eric Sturdza Geneva Open (3-6 6-4 6-1). His next opponent will be seeded No. 3 in the table, the finalist in Monte Carlo Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

Ahead of Kei Nishikori's first game on Tuesday and that of Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday, the proposed program on Monday will be worth watching. The opposition in style between Paolo Lorenzi (ATP 33) and Kevin Anderson (ATP 63) has enormous promise. Similar to the duel at 18:00 for the "match of the day" between Mischa Zverev and Robin Haase (ATP 43). In the aftermath of the triumph of his younger brother Alexander at the Masters 1000 in Rome, Mischa will also certainly wear the name Zverev this week. And in Geneva, the German will be spurred on by an additional motivation. He will in fact play in the city where his fiancee lives. So no need to look far beyond the regional stage.

Picture: Andrey Kuznetsov - © Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open / Augusto Tomassetti