26 May 2017
The World No. 3 also relied heavily on the public: "It's not so often that you can enjoy such an atmosphere... The public gives me a lot of energy, I try to make the most of it." Stan Wawrinka will face Russian Andrey Kuznetsov today, winner in three sets of the Lucky Loser Qualifiers, the German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.
On the other side of the board, it was Mischa Zverev and Kei Nishikori who came out in the afternoon. The German defeated the American Steve Johnson in straight sets, 6-4 7-5. A great success for someone who will play his first semi-final on clay of his career! "The Qualifications fit me really well," he laughed as he left Central. As for the seeded No. 2 of the tournament, Kei Nishikori, he trembled against the South African giant Kevin Anderson. The Japanese nevertheless ended up by taking advantage of his opponent, winning by a thread in three sets, 2-6 6-4 7-6 (6).
On the doubles side, two matches were on the program, but none were played! And for good reason, two pairs declared forfeit. So a direct qualification into the semi-finals for Geneva's Johan Nikles and his partner Tim Puetz and for the Paes/Lipsky team.
Picture: Stan Wawrinka - © Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open / Jean-Luc Auboeuf