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O’Connell and Kokkinakis shine in Geneva

Australians Christopher O’Connell and Thanasi Kokkinakis have achieved impressive victories on the second day of the Geneva Open.

O’Connell, who came through two rounds of qualifying, and is ranked 124 in the world, beat No.42-ranked Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. The Australian No.9 now plays American Reilly Opelka who had a first round bye.

Kokkinakis defeated Italian veteran Fabio Fognini 6-4 6-3, ranked 33 places higher at No.52, and next meets Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.

“I was down 0-40 in my first game so that was bit of a hole for me,” said Kokkinakis, “but I was fortunate to make my way out of that game.

“I tried not to give him too much momentum because when he’s playing good and with momentum, he’s a tough man to beat.

“I’m pretty happy with it in just my second clay court tournament of the swing”.

The South Australian had planned to play in Madrid after a busy playing period where he reached the fourth round in Miami, but he suffered illness and concentrated on being as fit as possible for next week’s French Open instead.

His clay court season thus began last week in Rome, where he lost in qualifying.

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