Griekspoor Upsets Paul In Geneva
World No. 67 Griekspoor enjoyed a spectacular 2021 as he won eight titles on the ATP Challenger Tour, a single-season record. That run of successes contributed to the Dutchman reaching a career-high of No. 54 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings on 28 February this year, but he arrived in Geneva chasing a first tour-level win since February.
There was no lack of confidence on display from Griekspoor in Switzerland, however, as he broke proven clay-courter Paul five times in a two-hour, 48-minute win. Griekspoor’s second-round opponent at the Tennis Club de Geneve will be a home favourite, either Johan Nikles or Leandro Riedi.
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Majchrzak won the opening five games of the match on his way to the opening set against eighth seed Bublik. Although the Montpellier champion found his feet to take the second set tie-break and force a decider, Majchrzak broke late in the third set to earn just his second victory over a Top 50 opponent in 16 attempts. Awaiting the Pole in the second-round will be qualifier Marco Cecchinato or former World No. 3 Dominic Thiem.