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ATP Geneva 2019 Draw Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Zverev and Wawrinka lead Geneva field as they fine-tune their French Open preparations

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 20 May 2019
  • Alexander Zverev and Stan Wawrinka lead Geneva field as they finetune their French Open preparations
  • ATP Geneva Open is live from Geneva from 19-25 May
Top seed, Alexander Zverev gets one last chance to find some pre-Roland Garros form in Geneva (Photo Antonietta Baldassarre / Insidefoto/Sipa USA)

Alexander Zverev and Stan Wawrinka lead the field at the Geneva Open, as they fine-tune the preparations for the French Open. The Geneva Open is live from 19-25 May.

Top seed, Zverev has been badly out of form in recent months, winning back-to-back matches just once in his last eight tournaments, but he gets one last chance to build up some confidence before he heads to Roland Garros.

Can the Nitto ATP Finals champion finally get something going and possibly claim his first title of the season?

Home favourite, Stan Wawrinka will have other ideas as he sets his sights on a third title at the tournament, while defending champion, Marton Fucsovics is also present in the draw.

We preview the 2019 Geneva draw.

First Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Alexander Zverev (1) vs Andreas Seppi (8)

Alexander Zverev faces a tricky start to his Geneva campaign as he takes on the enigmatic Latvian, Ernests Gulbis in the second round. Gulbis earned a date with Zverev with a 6-2 7-6 victory over Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round on Sunday, a result that snapped a run of seven straight defeats. 

The 30-year-old Latvian is a former top-ten player, and a former Roland Garros semi-finalist, and he also has a winning record against Zverev, having beaten the German in five sets at Wimbledon last season. He hasn't been in the best of forms, but he is the sort of player that can flick a switch and produce a performance. Given Zverev's run of results, I won't be too hasty to conclude that he’ll win this one. If Zverev gets through, he is projected to meet Andreas Seppi in the quarter finals, but Seppi enters the tournament on an eight-match losing streak (hasn’t won a match since Delray Beach in February), and could be taken out by Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien in the first round, or by one of Janko Tipsarevic or 2018 finalist, Peter Gojowczyk in the second round.

Overall, no one is in any great form here in this quarter, presenting an opportunity for Zverev to make just his second semi-final of the season.

Prediced quarter final: Alexander Zverev vs Hugo Dellien
Semi-Finalist: Alexander Zverev

Second Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Marton Fucsovics (4) vs Adrian Mannarino (6)

Defending champion, Marton Fucsovics gets a bye into the second round, where he could open against qualifier, Grigor Dimitrov. No, Dimitrov hasn't fallen so far down the ATP ladder that he now need qualifiers to get into ATP 250 tournaments, but the former world No. 3 played the qualifiers because the tournament had run out of main raw wildcards, and was instead awarded one into the qualifiers. He passed that qualifying test, beating Marc-Andre Huesler and Thomas Fabiano to get into the main draw. Playing qualifiers may actually be a blessing in disguise, as he has now built up some momentum, as he looks to snap a three-match losing streak at tour level. 

Dimitrov is in a slippery section of the draw, as he opens against Federico Delbonis, who reached the Cordoba semi-finals and the third round in Miami, pushing Novak Djokovic to three sets. Delbonis hasn't won a main draw match since Miami, and enters Geneva on a four-match losing streak. I think Dimitrov, with the two qualifying wins under his belt, will get past Delbonis, setting up a second round meeting with Fucsovics. I’m very tempted to call Dimitrov for the semis, because I think he’s due one, but Fucsovics brings extra confidence from winning the title last season, and that may be the extra factor that pushes him forward.

Adrian Mannarino leads the other side of this quarter, but he is trapped amongst some decent clay-court players, with Albert Ramos-Vinolas as his first round opponent, and one of Joao Sousa (a former finalist) or Leonardo Mayer waiting in the second round.

Predicted Quarter Final: Marton Fucsovics vs Joao Sousa
Semi-Finalist: Marton Fucsovics

Third Quarter

Projected Quarter Final: Cristian Garin (3) vs Mathew Ebden (7)

Cristian Garin returns to action for the first time since winning his second career title in Munich, after missing Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Rome. Can the young Chilean pick up from where he left off?

He gets a bye through the first round, and opens against either Taro Daniel or Spanish qualifier, Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the second round. Daniel is the obvious danger here, but given the form Garin has shown on clay this year, he should be fine.

Should he get into the quarter finals, he is projected to meet Matthew Ebden- problem is: Ebden has only won two matches all season, and is on a six-match losing streak. He also plays Munich semi-finalist, Nicolas Jarry in the first round. Straightaway, you'd think Jarry should get through that, and set up a second round meeting with either Jordan Thompson or Denis Kudla. I'm calling an all-Chilean quarter final here.

Predicted Quarter Final: Cristian Garin vs Nicolas Jarry
Semi-Finalist: Cristian Garin

Fourth Quarter 

Projected Quarter Final: Stan Wawrinka (2) vs Radu Albot (5)

Stan Wawrinka has made at lead the quarter finals in each of his four appearances in Geneva (he has featured in all four editions since the tournament returned to the city in 2015), winning the title in 2016 and 2017, and he should keep up that quarter final record this year, as he opens against either Damir Dzumhur or Feliciano Lopez, neither of whom has been playing well, in the second round. Wawrinka has had a decent year, highlighted by a runner-up finish in Rotterdam, and most recently, a quarter final in Madrid, where he played some of his very best tennis before throwing in a disappointing performance against Rafael Nadal in the last eight. Nadal was excellent, but I thought Wawrinka should have offered more. That was again how I felt in his Rome opener, where he played listlessly through the second and third sets of a disappointing defeat. He will look to get things going again, and restore some confidence in Geneva before heading to Paris.

If he makes the quarters, he will play one of Juan Ignacio Londero (who beat Mischa Zverev in the first round on Sunday), or one of Lorenzo Sonego or Radu Albot, both of whom go head-to-head on Monday. Londero had one big week in Cordoba earlier in the year, but he hasn’t done much since then. If he rekindles that Cordoba form, he could well get to the semi-finals, but Italian qualifier, Sonego might be the better pick here, as he's been playing well lately, reaching the quarter finals in Monte Carlo and losing tight three-setters to Fucsovics and Karen Khachanov in Munich and Rome respectively. 

Predicted semi-final: Stan Wawrinka vs Lorenzo Sonego
Semi-Finalist: Stan Wawrinka

Alexander Zverev vs Marton Fucsovics
Cristian Garin vs Stan Wawrinka

Marton Fucsovics vs Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

ATP Geneva Open is live from Geneva from 19-25 May

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