Stan in the semi's!

26 May 2017

An almost scorching day at the Parc des Eaux-Vives. And yet it did not stop Stan Wawrinka from qualifying for the semi-finals after a rather tough match against Sam Querrey.

We now know the final four players of the tournament Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open! To the delight of the Geneva public, Stan Wawrinka is one of them. Thanks to his big match against Sam Querrey, the Vaudois did indeed qualify for the semi-finals. Yet he trembled a little early in the game by losing the first set... But it seemed it was only to return better afterwards, and to raise the spectator stands of Central court. Stan Wawrinka won in just under two hours 4-6 7-5 6-2 against the American. "It was a good game to put me at ease, explained the Vaudois in the press conference. I was a little hesitant during the first set, and it showed. Then I just stopped thinking, and it freed me a lot."

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