Wawrinka Crashes Out Of Home Geneva Event; Coric, Thiem Bid For Upsets In Nice
by Staff | May 21st, 2015, 5:21 pm

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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9 Comments for Wawrinka Crashes Out Of Home Geneva Event; Coric, Thiem Bid For Upsets In Nice

RZ Says:

Probably better for Stan. A lot of players who win tournaments a day or two before a slam begins tend to lose early at the slam.

Humble Rafa Says:

I didn’t have 2 sets of twins. My significant other does not yell at other players. I recently won a big honor in Paris, the Grand Vermeil. Can I please get some coverage?

Humble Rafa Says:

From the Humble Times..

“Nadal has marked and continues to mark the history of Paris,” said Hidalgo. “The history of Roland Garros cannot be written without Rafael Nadal.”

Hidalgo described the 14-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one as “an exemplary champion who has always maintained his humility”.

“Rafael Nadal is a humble man who works seriously, an example for young people,” she continued.

“He’s also a generous person who has forgotten nothing of his humility and doesn’t hide behind his fame.”

Nadal described Paris as the “most important city” in his career, and the one where he “came of age as a sportsman”.

Hisyam Lee Says:

Like Federer, I would still place my bet on Nadal to win his 10th French Open, and hopefully from there on to a revival ala 2013. Vamos Rafa!!!

Seth Says:

Why did Stan play Nice at all? The only guys who seem to play tournaments the week immediately before a slam are lower-ranked players who know they have virtually no shot at winning the upcoming major.

Michael Says:

That is the paradox of Stan as a player who might upstage any top player on his day with a shade of arrogance, but in the same vein, can easily cave in to even a journey men in one of his off days. He is an embodiment of inconsistency which has prevented him from rising up in the ranks. If you watch his game when he is on song, you will get an impression that he is even better than Roger when it comes to hitting that elegant single handed back hand shots with such finesse, authority, elegance and it will be a delight when he hits that cross court back hand and down the line shots. Single handed back hands by standard dictum are ruthless, deceptive and work very well than those double handed back hands which have more balance but lacks that sting and pace which single handed back hands are endowed with naturally.

roy Says:

lol, gulbis.

sienna Says:


jane Says:

congrats to thiem and bellucci for their wins. bellucci played so well in rome; i am not the least bit surprised he won a title this week. not sure who has these two in their sections at the FO but both are forces to be reckoned with.

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