It is true to say that many American players are participating in the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open tournament. The Americans came determined to impose their game and that’s what they did on Monday, May 21st: every American in the running won their match.
At the beginning of the day the young Jared Donaldson (21 years old) set the tone by beating Denis Istomin 5-7 6-4 6-0. Then it was the turn of his compatriot Tennys Sandgren to also inflict a bagel on his opponent of the day, the Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer (1-6 6-1 6-0).
In the first night match of the week, spectators were treated to a one hundred percent American duel between Frances Tiafoe (ATP 61) and Ryan Harrison (ATP 56). A very close match, which finally turned to the advantage of the youngest player, Frances Tiafoe (20 years old), winning in three much contested sets (3-6 7-6(5) 6-4).
Carried along by the wave of his compatriots’ success, the young Noah Rubin (22) showed no hesitation during his late night match against former glory Marcos Baghdatis (ex 8th in the ATP ranking!). After qualifying with brio, the American relied on his powerful and creative play to take advantage of his opponent’s few moments of weakness to finally win 7-6(4) 6-4 in front of an audience of connoisseurs who stayed late at the Parc des Eaux-Vives to watch the show.