After beating Rafael Nadal en route to the semifinals in Rome last week, Stan Wawrinka hopes tumbled again today as the Swiss favorite loss in his home of Geneva to Federico Delbonis 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4.
The loss was Wawrinka’s third to a player outside the Top 50 in as many months, and it comes on the eve of the French Open.
Delbonis, who beat Roger Federer on clay a few summers ago, goes on the face Joao Sousa in the semifinals. The other semi puts Tomaz Bellucci against Santiago Giraldo. Giraldo beat US Open champion Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-3. Since returning from a shoulder injury in March, Cilic has gone just 4-6 on the tour.
In Nice, the young guys continue to make noise as Dominic Thiem and Borna Coric made the semifinals. Thiem advanced beating defending champion Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-4.
Gulbis, who made the semifinals of the French Open last year, will drop to around 30 in the next rankings, and could fall out of the Top 100 if he loses early in Paris.
“I played quite solid tennis today,” Thiem wrote on Facebook. “Ernests needed some time to find his game during the first set, he found it then in the second set and played very good tennis. The situation was quite hairy for me when I got breaked, I was able to re-break him, which was the key to success for me today.”
Thiem now faces second-seeded John Isner.
“It is going to be my second semifinal, after Kitzbühel last year, and I am really excited about that,” said Thiem. “John Isner is a tough opponent for me, it´s going to be an exhausting match. Of course I am trying my best tomorrow and fight hard.”
Coric knocked out James Duckworth, he’ll face Leonardo Mayer in his semi. It’s the 18-year-old Coric’s second career ATP semifinal after Dubai earlier this year.
“Wooohooo seeemiss!!!!!” Coric wrote on his Facebook. “Today I beat James Duckworth 6-3, 7-6(3) at Open de Nice.
I am so happy and ready for my match tomorrow against Leonardo Mayer (ARG).”
Kids these days.
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