The conversation turns to the 'attack'

23 May 2017

Before the opening match of Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori, a first observation is emerging since the beginning of the Bank Eric Sturdza Geneva Open: an attacker tennis style pays off. It's true that the heat which fell on the Parc des Eaux-Vives greatly favours players who do not hesitate to make this famous step forward. The one who changes the course of an exchange! On Monday, two of them shone with a thousand lights: Kevin Anderson (ATP 62) and Mischa Zverev (ATP 33).

 The South African is the first player to eliminate a seed. He took the lead 7-5 7-6 (1) ahead of Paolo Lorenzi (N°7) in a beautiful quality match. Hampered for many months by various injuries, the South African is on his way to reliving the feeling that had allowed him to rise to the Top 10 in October 2015.

In the evening, Mischa Zverev beat Robin Haase (ATP 46) 5-7 7-6 (6) 6-3. Two points from the defeat in the decisive game of the second set, the German found the relaxation needed to pick up his third win in three days. Fresh from the Qualifiers, he will challenge John Isner (N°3) on Wednesday, who his younger brother Alexander beat on Saturday in Rome on his way to the title. The idea of losing two matches in a row against the Zverev brothers can quickly become unbearable in the mind of the American. This round of sixteen match will really have a special flavour.

Picture: Kevin Anderson - © Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open / Augusto Tomassetti