GENEVA, May 23, 2015
Thomaz Bellucci is the champion of the inaugural Geneva Open. The world number 60 defeated Joao Sousa in their first tour meeting, winning 7-6, 6-4 in Saturday’s final.
A lot of sunshine combined with Brazilian and Portuguese songs coming out of the loudspeakers at a fully packed centre court, created a perfect atmosphere for the tournament’s climax.
Bellucci capitalized right on his first break point to gain an early lead. Sousa found his rhythm soon getting back on track but the 27-year-old Brazilian was more solid in the tie-break to take the opening set.
The second frame started right the other way around with Sousa gaining the early lead, but Bellucci broke back in the eighth game to even score at 4-4. The Brazilian, who won 64% of his first service points, eventually capitalized on his second match point to seal victory in one hour and 33 minutes.
“It wasn’t easy to play today. It was very windy. Both players were struggling a lot with the baseline shots. Maybe I was a little bit more solid at the baseline. Actually, today I didn’t serve very well, but anyway mentally I was very strong all the week. That maybe was the key in the end,” Bellucci told afterwards, claiming his first title since Gstaad in 2012.
“The last two or three years were not the best. I wasn’t playing my best tennis but the last three or four weeks I was able to improve. My physical coach was also working very hard with me and at some day it pays off. Today I am very happy winning a title after a long time,” the Brazilian felt relieved.
“I do not have a lot of time to celebrate because tomorrow I have to practice again at the French Open, being at 100 per cent. I gained a lot of confidence from this week and I hope to keep playing like this in Paris,” Bellucci said and added that his train is leaving 90 minutes after his final press conference. “Celebration is taking place in the train,” he laughed.
Earlier the day, second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah captured their fourth team title, the second of the season following their victory in Sao Paulo in February. The Colombian team defeated Raven Klaasen and Yen-Hsun Lu winning 7-5, 4-6, 107 after one hour and 40 minutes.
Tennis TourTalk spoke to Geneva’s doubles champions after the final: