A three-time Grand Slam champion and a former world number 3 Stan Wawrinka has opened his title defense with a 6-3 6-4 win over Jared Donaldson in an hour and eight minutes for his fourth win of the season and the first since February and Sofia. Wawrinka had missed all the action between Marseille and Rome in order to recover from an injury and surgery and he played well today, losing 13 points in 10 service games and never facing a break point.
Jared has won a set against Stan in Cincinnati two years ago but he couldn't do the same today, facing six break points and getting broken once in each set to end his run in the second round. Stan's backhand worked like a charm and he managed to control his forehand in a proper way as well, but we should wait to see him against some better player since Jared came to Geneva with five straight losses on the Tour.
Stan found the range on his serve right from the start and he found the way to break Jared in game six after a forehand down the line winner, with two more break chances in game eight that could seal the set for the Swiss.
Donaldson fends them off with two winners but Wawrinka closed the first part of the match with another good hold in game nine, looking for more of the same in the rest of the match. Just like in the opener, the American stayed in touch with Stan in the first half of the set but he lost his serve in game seven after a backhand down the line winner and he crossed the finish line with three winners in game 10 for the place in the quarters.
Marton Fucsovics has won just three out of 11 ATP matches he played since that great run at the Australian Open but he found his form in Munich recently and in Geneva as well, reaching the quarter-final after a 7-6 6-4 win over Frances Tiafoe in an hour and 29 minutes. The Hungarian had to play against six break points and he defended four, enough to make the difference after taking all three chances he created on the return.
It was a shaky start from both players, with four breaks of serve in the first five games, and they settled into a nice rhythm after that to set up a tie break that Marton grabbed 7-5 with his second mini-break. Nothing could separate them in the opening eight games of the second set, with just eight points for the returners, and Marton had to dig deep in game nine, saving three break points to move 5-4 ahead, with Frances serving to stay in the match in the following game.
He got broken at 15 to hand the win to his rival who will now face Stan Wawrinka in the best match of Friday's program. Second round results: