Stan Wawrinka will not defend his Eric Sturdza Bank Geneva Open title on Saturday. He was subjected to the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics’ ruling tonight and failed to find a way to get his head out of the water.
If the sun was back at Parc des Eaux-Vives on the penultimate day of the tournament, it unfortunately did not smile at the Swiss. In the afternoon, it was first of all the 100% Genevois duo who lost to Robert Lindstedt and Andrei Vasilevski (7-6(5) 3-6 12-10). Despite a great battle – the young Swiss talents didn’t budge an inch! –, the experience of their opponents made the distinction. Emotions ran high however, as Antoine Bellier and Johan Nikles proved that they had nothing to be ashamed of against some of the best doubles teams in the world, losing only to a super tie-break even after having a match point in their favour.
After a very good performance late Wednesday night, Stan Wawrinka failed to repeat the feat. The Vaudois was sadly a tone below, the blame belonging above all to his opponent, Marton Fucsovics, who gave almost no points, and perhaps also to a still impaired physical condition. Or perhaps even the doubts in the head of the double champion of the Bank Eric Sturdza Geneva Open after his long absence from the courts.
Stan Wawrinka is not the only seeded player in the tournament who has been knocked out. Earlier this morning, Sam Querrey (No. 1) left Central with his head bowed after losing to Argentina’s Guido Pella. Only Steve Johnson (N°6), who scored a remarkable feat today, winning both matches (and avenging his buddy Sam Querrey!), and Fabio Fognini (N°2) are still in the race for the title. But the door to the final also remains wide open for the outsiders Peter Gojowczyk (ATP 49) and Marton Fucsovics (ATP 60).