Geneva was about Roger Federer’s return but it was another Swiss, Dominic Stephan Stricker who took the headlines!

Geneva saw the return of Roger Federer back on a clay court and back home in Switzerland.

The 39 year olds time at home didn’t last long losing to Pablo Andujar in the first round, 4-6 6-4 4-6.

Another Swiss player was in the main draw of an ATP event for the first time and that was 18 year old, Dominic Stephan Stricker who began his week at 419 in the world.

The teenagers run to the third round in Geneva will see debut in the top 340 in the world climbing over 80 places. A debut began with a strong performance against former major finalist, Marin Cilic winning 7-6 6-1 against the Croat.

Dominic saw off Marton Fucsovics in the second round but in the third ran into the man who beat Federer, Pablo Andujar and lost from a set up 6-4 4-6 4-6 against the Spaniard in his debut match.

He has gone on a meteoric rise this year, he was ranked outside the top 1000 at 1168.

Last year in Paris the teenager stole the headlines in the junior event winning not only the Junior French Open in singles against fellow Swiss, Leandro Riedi 6-2 6-4 but also won the doubles alongside the Italian Flavio Cobolli. It was the second straight Roland Garros Junior event they played together and were runners-up in 2019.

This year he won his first ITF doubles match with the player he beat in last years final, Leandro Riedi in Madrid and in March on the hard courts in Lugano, Switzerland won his First ATP Challenger title on home soil.

A wonderful year so far for the teenager and a memorable debut at home. Not only did he become the youngest quarter finalist at the event since Federer in 2000 but also had the honour of having the 20 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer watching on his win over Marin Cilic.

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