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Wawrinka wins first title on home soil ahead of French Open defence

OmnisportOmnisport 21/05/2016 Tom Webber
StanWawrinka - cropped: Stan Wawrinka in action at the Geneva Open © Provided by Omnisport Stan Wawrinka in action at the Geneva Open

Stan Wawrinka secured a first singles title on home soil by beating Marin Cilic 6-4 7-6 (13-11) in the Geneva Open final.

Following disappointing showings at the Madrid Open and Internazionali d'Italia, Wawrinka's win on Saturday should provide a huge confidence boost ahead of the start of his French Open defence next week.

The world number four and top seed secured an early break in game three and came under minimal pressure from Cilic before serving out the set.

The Croatian responded positively, but failed to convert a set point on his serve, with Wawrinka recovering to force a tie-break.

World number 11 Cilic seized control of the tie-break, but could not take any of the five further set points that came his way.

A long shot from the Croatian handed Wawrinka the victory – his sixth in succession over Cilic – on his second match point.

The Swiss has now won each of his last 10 final appearances.

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