Zverev vs. Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Saturday May 27, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Stan Wawrinka and Mischa Zverev meet Saturday in the 2017 Geneva Open Final.
Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Andrey Kuznetsov that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 74 percent of his first serve points and 70 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka is finding his rhythm on clay court at the right time with the French Open right around the corner, as he's moving well and serving his best hen needed most. If Wawrinka continues to limit his unforced errors, he'll be a threat to win his second career French Open. Wawrinka looks to win his 16th career title and first since the 2016 US Open. Wawrinka is 6-5 in his career in final appearances on clay court. Wawrinka also hopes to win back-to-back Geneva Open titles. Wawrinka has won five of his last nine matches on clay court.
Mischa Zverev is coming off a three set win over Kei Nishikori that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 70 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Zverev continues to surprise people with his play, as he's beaten three straight top-30 players and now has two wins this year over top-10 players. Zverev continues to serve well when needed and has done a great job of winning all of the big points. The confidence is sky high for the 29-year-old Zverev. Zverev has a shot to win his first ATP singles title, which would easily be the biggest accomplishment of his career. Zverev could also become the first German to ever win the Geneva Open. Zverev has won seven of his last 10 matches on clay court.
These two have played twice in the past, both winning a match each. Zverev won in the 2016 Swiss Indoors and Wawrinka won in the 2008 Wimbledon. Last years match was decided in three sets, and will obviously be their first meeting on clay.
Zverev burned me against Nishikori and has proven to be a live underdog given what he's done in this tournament with three straight wins over top-30 players. However, I’m going to back Wawrinka. His consistency and power serve will put a lot of pressure on Zverev, who has never won a singles title. If Wawrinka serves like he did in the semis, he should cruise in this match rather easily. This tournament also means a lot to Wawrinka with it taking place in his backyard.
I like Wawrinka to win his 16th career singles title.