While many expected the tournament’s top seed and local favourite Stan Wawrinka to lift the inaugural title in his hometown, it was Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci who received that honour and etched his name as the first champion in Geneva.
The world No. 60 defeated Joao Sousa in straight sets, 7-6(4), 6-4 to secure his win and claim a fourth title on the ATP World Tour.
“It wasn’t easy to play today,” said Bellucci. “It was very windy. I was more solid at the baseline. Mentally I was strong all week so maybe that was the key today… The conditions in Geneva are good for me. The ball bounces high and I like the clay courts here. It’s similar to where I practise in Sao Paulo. I’m feeling very relaxed and happy to win my third title in Switzerland. I hope to come back next year.”
Overall, it was an impressive win for Bellucci but he has little time to celebrate, as he was immediately off to Paris to prepare for the French Open.
“I don’t have much time to celebrate because tomorrow I have to be practising again for Roland Garros. This week gave me a lot of confidence, so I hope to keep playing like that and I hope to be ready for the next week.”
Bellucci was awarded €80,000 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his efforts. Sousa received €42,100 and 150 Ranking Points for his loss.
“I’m not happy today but I think that it’s still a good week for me,” Sousa said. “I’m leaving for Paris with good rhythm and confidence. That’s very important before the start of Roland Garros. I won four matches here and I’m feeling well. It’s great that I reached the final here. I had a great week here and enjoyed this tournament a lot.”