An American breath of fresh air at the Parc des Eaux-Vives

An American breath of fresh air at the Parc des Eaux-Vives

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.

The Geneva doubles pair amazing achievement

The Geneva doubles pair amazing achievement

It is not known whether Severin Lüthi, the captain of the Swiss Davis Cup team, has already decided his doubles pair for next September’s play-off in Biel against Sweden. But Antoine Bellier and Johan Nikles will undoubtedly be in the thoughts of the Bernese coach.

The two Genevans achieved a great feat by eliminating the No. 3 seeded doubles pair formed by the Belarusian Max Mirnyi – six Grand Slam titles to his credit! – and the Austrian Philipp Oswald. Bellier/Nikles beat two players who won the title this year in New York and Houston 3-6 6-1 10-5. An undebatable win! Their precision in return and passing shots paid off in the end.

Although Sunday was magic for Antoine Bellier and Johan Nikles, it was rather sombre for Mischa Zverev. Last year’s runner-up was let down by his physical condition and did not manage to beat Bosnia’s Mirza Basic, who won this year’s title in Sofia. Despite a very good start, the German slowly faded to lose 5-7 6-3 6-4.

The first game of the main draw favoured Andreas Seppi. The Italian won his derby against Marc Cecchinato. Victorious 7-5 6-4, Seppi proved that the impossible is sometimes possible. He was down 5-1 30-0 on Cecchinato’s serve before winning the first set. Seppi admits “It’s true that such a scenario does not happen every day”.