Wawrinka storms back to re­tain Geneva ti­tle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GENEVA: World No 3 Stan Wawrinka stormed back from a set down to beat Ger­man qual­i­fier Mis­cha Zverev 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and re­tain the men’s ti­tle in Geneva yes­ter­day.

The top-seeded Swiss looked frus­trated early on as Zverev, ranked 33, broke his serve and went on to take the first set.

In front of a par­ti­san home crowd, Wawrinka jolted into life and raced to a 3-0 lead in the sec­ond, send­ing fizzing fore­hands across court and down the lines be­yond Zverev to take the set.

Wawrinka, who won the French Open in 2015, dropped serve once in the fi­nal set but broke Zverev three times, se­cur­ing the ti­tle with an­other rip­ping fore­hand for his first tour­na­ment win of the year as he pre­pares for an­other Roland Gar­ros cam­paign.

Mean­while, Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga pol­ished his prepa­ra­tion for the French Open in style by claim­ing his maiden clay­court ti­tle, beat­ing Czech To­mas Berdych 7-6 (72) 7-5 in the Lyon Open fi­nal. Agen­cies

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