Alexander Zverev: a beautiful and a great champion

Alexander Zverev: a beautiful and a great champion

Alexander Zverev is the new champion of the Bank Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. The world No. 5 came out victorious with a superb showdown in the final. He won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (10/8) against Nicolas Jarry in a match interrupted twice by the rain.

Spectators were absolutely right to brave the elements. They watched a final which was likened to a real “thriller”. Alexander Zverev won on his fourth match point after discarding two. The scenario of this decisive match is why Nicolas Jarry could not hold back his tears after the final. The Chilean had actually made two errors on two match points in his favor, on a backhand and forehand volley, even though he had practically won the point.

Alexander Zverev succeeds the Eric Sturdza Geneva Open Bank at Thomaz Bellucci (2015), Stan Wawrinka (2016 and 2017) and Marton Fucsovics (2018). “I’m leaving Geneva with the title and new confidence”, rejoices the German who has also got “revenge” for his brother, Mischa, beaten two years ago by Stan Wawrinka in the final of the same Bank Eric Sturdza Geneva Open.

Marach-Pavic retain their title

Marach-Pavic retain their title

Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic have retained their crowns. Titled last year at the Parc des Eaux-Vives, the Austrian and the Croatian won 6-4 6-4 in the final ahead of the pair formed by the Australian Matthew Ebden and the Swede Robert Lindstedt. They stole the service of their opponents three times to conclude this final in 1h15.

Seeded No. 1 on the table, Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic plucked their sixth title, the first since their success last year in the same Bank Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. It will be remembered that the two men, victorious in the Australian Open in 2018, stole last year’s ATP race which crowns the best doubles team.

With this success in Geneva which was held onto by a thread – the pair were at the point of defeat on Friday in front of the Frenchman Fabrice Martin and the German Andreas Mies –, Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic arrive perfectly “pitched” for the supreme rendezvous of Roland-Garros.