Thiem defends Nice title; Wawrinka wins Geneva Open

published: May, 21, 2016

by: Nima Naderi

OPEN DE NICE COTE D’AZUR—NICE, FRANCE

Top seed Dominic Thiem won a match up of youngsters on the ATP World Tour on Saturday, defeating good friend Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in Nice, France. Needing one hour and 39 minutes to defend his title, Thiem struck five aces and broke the serve of his opponent on six occasions. Winning his third title of the season, Thiem will now head to Roland Garros, where he is seeded No. 13.

Zverev, who was playing in his maiden Tour final, will face Pierre-Hugues Herbert in his opening match at the French Open. The year’s second Grand Slam gets underway on Sunday in Paris.

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BANQUE ERIC STURDZA GENEVA OPEN—GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

Top seed Stan Wawrinka completed his Roland Garros preparation in style on Saturday by defeating Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6(11) to win the title in Geneva. In a match that featured great shot-making from the back of the court, it was Wawrinka who saved three set points in the second set before prevailing. Notching his 14th career title, Wawrinka will now head to Paris to defend his title. The Swiss star defeated Novak Djokovic to claim the Championship last year.

Nima Naderi

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Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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