Tennis Olympic champion Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals in his dress rehearsal for the French Open, but was hardly able to gain any more match practice in Geneva. The 26-year-old was only on the court for 21 minutes against Chinese player Wu Yibing on Thursday before the outsider gave up.
On Friday, Zverev will play against Chile’s Nicolas Jarry for the final, which will bring back memories. In 2019, when Zverev accepted a wildcard for the preparatory tournament at Roland Garros after a weak clay court season, like this year, he met Jarry in the final – and won the title.
Zverev later made it to the quarter-finals in Paris, a similar result would be a great success for the recently weak Hamburger. After all, he overtook Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein) in the world rankings by reaching the semi-finals and will be the German number one again from Monday. However, that could only be a snapshot, because unlike Struff, Zverev has many points to defend in Paris.
Jarry surprisingly knocked out the top seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud 3:6, 7:6 (7:2), 7:5 from the tournament on Thursday evening. The world number 54. has already won a title on the ATP tour this year – unlike Zverev: in early March in his home town of Santiago on sand. Four years ago in Geneva he had two match points against Zverev in the final, but the German triumphed.