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Tallon Griekspoor won eight ATP Challenger Tour titles in 2021, a single-season record.

Griekspoor Upsets Paul In Geneva

Majchrzak beats eighth seed Bublik at ATP 250 event

Tallon Griekspoor notched an impressive opening win Sunday at the Gonet Geneva Open, with the Dutchman taking out sixth seed Tommy Paul 7-5, 6-7(3), 6-4 in the first round at the ATP 250 event.

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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There was also an upset in the other first-round match played on Sunday, as Kamil Majchrzak beat World No. 41 Alexander Bublik 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3 to clinch the biggest win of his career.

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.

In the one doubles match played, Roman Jebavy and Hunter Reese defeated Ricardas Berankis and Albert Ramos-Vinolas, 6-3, 6-4.

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