Wawrinka beats Zverev, defends Geneva title

Swiss top seed Stan Wawrinka has defeated Andrey Kuznetsov of Russian Federation 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in the semi-finals of the Geneva Open and is now one win away from back-to-back titles at this clay-court event.

Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka was down a set and an early break to a Sam Querrey before fighting back for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory.

In front of a partisan home crowd, Wawrinka, the world No 3 bursted into life and raced to a 3-0 lead in the second, courtesy of some powerful forehands which proved too strong for Zverev.

Nishikori took his head-to-head record against Anderson to 4-1 and reached his first semifinal on clay this season as he builds towards the French Open which starts in Paris on Sunday.

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Still, Zverev beat the third-ranked Wawrinka when they last played, at the Swiss Indoors in Basel in October.

Mischa Zverev of Germany returns a ball to Stanislas
Mischa Zverev of Germany returns a ball to Stanislas"Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland during the final match at the Geneva Open tennis

Zverev, who came through qualifying, still seeks a first career title at age 29.

"It was a long week for me", Zverev said.

The last time he reached an ATP Tour final was in 2010 when he was beaten by Frenchman Gilles Simon at the Moselle Open.

Zverev, competing in only his second singles final after his last-four win over Kei Nishikori, staved off break points in his opening service game before breaking to love.

Cirstea won the first set on Thursday evening, Putintseva took the second and the score was 6-3, 3-6, 4-4 before their quarterfinal was suspended because of darkness at the outdoor, clay-court tournament.

Top-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada on Thursday eased into the semi-finals of the Open Parc Lyon with a straight-sets victory over Portuguese qualifier Gastao Elias.

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