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Geneva and Nice conclude as French Open nears

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Tournaments in Geneva, Switzerland and Nice, France this week comprised the last opportunities for players to compete before the start of the French Open on Sunday. In Nice, Dominic Thiem defeated Alexander Zverev in a matchup of ATP NextGen stars. After resisting a comeback from Zverev in the second set, Thiem pulled away for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 victory. The winner of titles in Acapulco and Buenos Aires, Thiem will challenge the top ten at the French Open. Look for both players to make an impact this season.

At the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open, in a matchup of former Slam champions, defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka outlasted Marin Cilic in two tough sets, 6-4, 7-6(11). Wawrinka has had an up-and-down clay season but seems to be finding his form just in time for the French Open.

Doubles: Querrey and Johnson Win

Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson captured their first doubles title together in Geneva. The defeated Rajeev Ram and Raven Klaasen 6-4, 6-1 to claim the title after losses in two other finals. In Nice, Southern Cal alum Robert Farah and partner Juan Sebastian Cabal defeated Michael Venus and Mate Pavic 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 for their third team title of 2016.

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