Stan Wawrinka was in action on day three at the Geneva Open, and dropped just two games to set up a quarterfinal clash with Pablo Carreno Busta. Defending champion Thomaz Bellucci defeated Mikhail Kukushkin in similarly comfortable fashion, 6-2, 6-1, whilst the second-seeded doubles pairing were knocked out in their first round encounter.
Wawrinka cruises past Ramos-Vinolas
World number four Stan Wawrinka began his home tournament by emphatically beating Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-1. The match could have been so different for the Swiss, as he held his serve in the very first game after three deuces. After this slow start, he motored ahead, and secured back-to-back breaks to clinch the opener, losing only seven points on his first delivery.
A similar pattern continued in the second set with Wawrinka breaking the Spaniard’s serve three times, including to secure victory after Ramos-Vinolas had just saved a break point. It was a dominant performance from the Swiss number two, as he only was forced to save one break point throughout, which came deep in the second set when he led 6-1, *4-1. He faces Carreno Busta next in the quarterfinals, and will be desperate to gain some form going into his Roland Garros title defence.
Bellucci wins comfortably to begin his title defence
One man who is defending a title this week is Thomaz Bellucci, with the Brazilian attempting to retain the Geneva crown after surprisingly lifting the title in 2015. The Brazilian started his defence in blistering style, recording a one-sided score of 6-2, 6-1 over Mikhail Kukushkin.
The match started tightly, with neither player breaking despite Bellucci having one opportunity in the fourth game. He eventually broke through in the next game, before saving one on his own serve, to win the set by breaking for the second consecutive game. Their meeting was tipped to be a close tie, but the world number 39 had other ideas, and broke again twice in the second set to record the victory, and level the pair’s head-to-head record at 1-1.
Other day three results
Pablo Carreno Busta set up his meeting with Wawrinka by defeating fellow Spaniard Inigo Cervantes 6-2, 6-4, to record his third win over his compatriot in 2016. This was the only other second round clash to take place on day three, with Rajeev Ram beating Evgeny Donskoy 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 and Denis Istomin seeing-off Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-3 in the final first round matches that still required deciding.
All top four seeds in the doubles event played their first round matches today, and three pairs progressed with the second seeds OIiver Marach and Fabrice Martin being dispatched in three sets by Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop. The match required a champions tie-breaker which the Dutch pair won 10-8.
Day four preview
Bellucci continues his defence in Geneva against last year’s semifinalist Federico Delbonis, in the second match scheduled for Court Central on day four. The pair have met six times previously, with the Argentine interestingly holding a positive 4-2 record. All six meetings have taken place on clay. Second seed David Ferrer takes on Istomin in the only singles match of the evening session, whilst other seeds Marin Cilic and John Isner take on Ernests Gulbis and Lukas Rosol respectively.
There is also action on Court One, where seventh seed Steve Johnson looks to back up his win over Mikhail Youzhny, as he takes on Andrey Kuznetsov. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez faces Ram in the next match on the court, with two doubles match concluding the day four schedule.
Day four Order of Play
Court Central – 12:00pm
(4) John Isner - Lukas Rosol
(6) Federico Delbonis - Thomaz Bellucci
Ernests Gulbis - Marin Cilic (3)
NOT BEFORE 6:00pm
Denis Istomin - David Ferrer (2)
Manuel Pena Lopez / Janko Tipsarevic - Steve Johnson / Sam Querrey (3)
Court One – 12:00pm
Andrey Kuznetsov - Steve Johnson (7)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez - Rajeev Ram
Julian Knowle / Lukas Rosol - Wesley Koolhof / Matwe Middelkoop
(1) Raven Klaasen / Rajeev Ram - Ricardas Berankis / Andrey Kuznetsov