Wawrinka Wins Epic Over Tsitsipas At French; Federer, Nadal Cruise Into QFs
by Staff | June 2nd, 2019, 4:13 pm
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Stan Wawrinka won another epic slugfest Sunday at the French Open, edging youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 in 5 hours, 9 minutes, the longest match of the tournament.

“I’ve never experienced that kind of atmosphere here in Paris on Lenglen. I always had a lot of support, but I think today was really special, and the match was amazing – five-hour match, five sets. The crowd stayed all the match,” said Wawrinka who won the title in 2015.

Tsitsipas had beaten Roger Federer in Australia and Rafael Nadal on clay already this year, but the missed opportunities brought the Greek to tears after.

“It’s been a long time since I cried after a match, so emotionally it wasn’t easy to handle,” Tsitsipas said. “I will try to learn from it as much as I can.

“I feel exhausted. I never experienced something like this in my life. I feel very disappointed at the end.”

It was quite an achievement for Wawrinka who underwent two surgeries on his left knee back in August of 2017. And to beat a very in-form Tsitsipas who is 14 years his junior and to do in over five hours on the hottest day of the tournament is remarkable.

“That’s the reason why I came back from the surgery in the first place, because I love and enjoy to play in front of people, to play in the biggest tournaments you can play. Today was something really special,” Wawrinka said.

Wawrinka came out just ahead in a lengthy opener on Lenglen, which set the tone that it was going to be a long, grinding, baseline battle. But Tsitsipas hung in the second in another grueling set before Wawrinka got back on track.

Wawrinka appeared to be fading in the fourth as Tsitipas took an early break in the heat. But under pressure in the fifth, Wawrinka showed his championship resolve, finally breaking the Greek on a challenged call on the line to take the match, the longest of his career.

“I was pretty sure it was in. When I hit it, I saw it was on the line. I was just hoping that the umpire would confirm it,” Wawrinka said. “So I was half a second not sure, but when I saw he was going to say it’s in… it was amazing battle.”

Tsitsipas, who become the first Top 10 seed ousted, will rue going just 5/27 on break chances.

“My mind is so empty right now. I cannot even think,” Tsitsipas said. “I was so close, so close. I give him room to do whatever he liked on all those break points. So many break points. So many. I didn’t play them. I was expecting someone else to play them for me. I didn’t play them.

“It’s the worst feeling ever. Especially when you lose. You don’t want to be in my place.”

While that drama was unfolding on Lenglen, Chatrier had little in the way of intrigue as Roger Federer buried Leonard Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 and then Rafael Nadal followed against his own Argentine, taking care of Juan Ignacio Londero by the same exact score of 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. Both commented on the windy conditions.

“Big serving, windy, it was tough conditions… I think when it’s this kind of conditions, it’s fast, it’s swirly, especially the one side, you have a lot of wind in your back. It’s like you’re serving from sort of a tree, from a mountain, and from the other one you feel like you’re playing up the hill,” Federer said. “[It’s] important it’s focused there and I did that well, and I’m very pleased with the game.”

Nadal added, “[It was] a very difficult day. Very windy out there. So it was not easy to find the feelings. But with those conditions, I think I did a lot of things well… Playing a solid match against that player, being honest, he’s good. He’s very intense, with good shots from the baseline, very aggressive. It was a positive victory for me.”

A very fresh Federer will now face perhaps a tired Wawrinka on Tuesday. Nadal will await the winner of Kei Nishkori-Benoit Paire which was suspended just after 9:30pm local time with Nishikori having just won the third to go up 2 sets to 1. So it’s a big, big advantage for both Rafa and Roger.

Monday, the last of the fourth round matches take place.

Novak Djokovic puts his 24-match Slam win streak on the line against German Jan-Lennard Struff. The 29-year-old Struff might be a little leg weary after a long win over Borna Coric on Saturday.

Juan Martin del Potro tries for his fourth win over Karen Khachanov who is in his third straight French sweet 16. Alexander Zverev hopes to keep his recent run going against the guy who beat him in Monte Carlo, Fabio Fognini. And 2018 runner-up Dominic Thiem returns to take on French favorite Gael Monfils.

MONDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe CHATRIER Début à 11h00
Sofia KENIN (USA) contre Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) [8]
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [1] contre Jan-Lennard STRUFF (GER)
Dominic THIEM (AUT)[4] contre Gael MONFILS (FRA)[14]
Simona HALEP (ROU) [3] contre Iga SWIATEK (POL)

Court Suzanne LENGLEN Début à 11h00
Katerina SINIAKOVA (CZE) contre Madison KEYS (USA)[14]
Fabio FOGNINI (ITA) [9] contre Alexander ZVEREV (GER) [5]
Karen KHACHANOV (RUS) [10] contre Juan Martin DEL POTRO (ARG) [8]
Amanda ANISIMOVA (USA) contre Aliona BOLSOVA (ESP)


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30 Comments for Wawrinka Wins Epic Over Tsitsipas At French; Federer, Nadal Cruise Into QFs

skeezer Says:

Head up Stefanos. The big wins will come. Just keep getting yourself into the big matches.


RZ Says:

I keep forgetting to post updates on the bracket. Chico has been holding strong in first place!


chofer Says:

Laver himself would say : “Being a Leo like me I can see why he’s a champion”

He was joking, of course. Then I remember how many legends are Leo: Laver, Sampras, Federer, Wilander, Vilas. Geminis: Borg, Rafa, Nole.

The othe Leo between the younsgters is Felix Auger. Not Geminis in sight.

I want to hear Laver again, joking around.


chofer Says:

“kid”


skeezer Says:

Thanks chofer, great read. This Kid is special,
Imo sets himself apart from the rest, and much more interesting to get behind than say, the current #1.


skeezer Says:

Warriors!


Alison Hodge Says:

Happy birthday to the KOC Mr Rafael Nadal ;-)


j-kath Says:

Yep, happy 33rd Rafa. Watch those knees.


FedExpress Says:

Glasikori such a waste. Reaches the quarters where he will do chit. He cant save energy and win matches easily. All gruelling

Remember AO this year. 3 five setters along the way to reach the QF and the retired vs Nole.

Wont be different tomorrow. Might withdraw.


skeezer Says:

FE,
And you thought Paire would fare better against Nadal? ;)


Daniel Says:

Looks like Thiem is finally winning in 3, up 2-0 verus Le Monf.

Zverev probably set for another 5 set, up a break in 2nd with Foggy. Fognini had several chances to break at 2-2 and was broken right after and now 0-30, 2 points form losing 2nd set.


Daniel Says:

Playing 5 set matches in Slams is expected. One think is the Anderson x Isner in Wimbleodn last year that took back to back days and it weas clear Anderosn had nothing left in the tank.

Kei just played 4 matches, 3 5 setters in 9 days, almost the same for Wawa.

Fed won RG 09′ with a few 5 setters on the way, Kuerten back in the day won with 3 or 4 5 settersas well.

I think we are “papmpering” players too much. Wawa will have a full day rest. Kei may be more jeopardized as he played yesterday and 2 full long sets today and have to return tomorrow for Nadal. But that is almost expected for a Masters.

And its not the end of the tournament where the mileage really takes its tool.

If players can’t play 4 matches, with 2 or 3 in five across 8-10 days than tennis is doomed and they will have to add 3 set format in Slams and kill all history of it once and for all.


RZ Says:

@FedExpress – “Glasikori”? Is this a nickname for Kei? Seems too odd to be a typo.


Giles Says:

As usual Wawa will roll over and die!


Daniel Says:

If DelPo wins, all top 8 will reach QF bar Tsisi, which was replaced by Wawa.

5 former Slams champion in last 8 and 2 finalist. Only Zverev yet to reach Slam final.


RZ Says:

In non-French Open news, Andy Murray plans to play doubles with Feliciano Lopez at Queens. (Judy Murray is currently the happiest person on the planet)


lylenubbins Says:

Nice win for Zverev, might be set up nicely to take a serious shot at the Joker.


Django Says:

Well Chofer I found a whole bunch of lovely Geminis, including legends, who played tennis.

Nadal, Djokovic, Borg, Don Budge, John Newcombe, Mahesh Bupathi, Nenad Zimonjic, Richard Gasquet, Magnus Norman, Leander Paes, Nik Davydenko, Pat Cash, Bagdatis,

Steffi Graf, Venus, Clijsters, Henin, Davenport, Kanepi, petrova, Kournikova


Django Says:

Chofer
As for new guys, there is a Gemini in sight.
Khachanov


j-kath Says:

However, a win does not seem likely for Del Potro. He seems very weary and has bandage on leg. Anyone know – does he have an injury?

RZ: Andy’s been “strutting his stuff” on practice courts recently.


Daniel Says:

Well, DelPo 2 sets down, can’t seem him having the will nor legs to push it ot 5.

Kachanov x Thiem looming.

Tomorrow Fed x Wawa 1st on Lenglen and Nadal x Kei 2nd on Chatrier.


Daniel Says:

Just read on ATP site that Djoko has a milestone in RG not even the king of clay has: 10 consecutive QF appearances! Looks like this is shaping up for another history RG for Djoko.


RZ Says:

Django – I guess there wasn’t enough overlap between Djokovic and Soderling. :-)

J-Kath – and may he continue to strut his stuff!

Daniel: KK needs to win quickly, otherwise they could come back tomorrow to finish the match. DelPo seems to do pretty well in best of 5.


RZ Says:

Oops sorry Django – that first comment should be for Daniel.


Daniel Says:

“I guess there wasn’t enough overlap between Djokovic and Soderling. :-)”

RZ, and there was 2016 when Nadal retired pre R3, so he will need to at least makes more 7 RG QF (till 2026) to macth Djoko’s;-)

1 more hour tops of light in Paris, Kachanov has to end it at most in 4.


Daniel Says:

RG should rethink their scheduling, too many matches not finishing in the day they are ordered. I mean, they have to have in mind that its clau and a it tends to have long matches.

Worst thing it the player not having the day off because they only have an 10 hour per day schedule, counting on short macthes. Schedule just 3 matches per premiere court: 2 male and 1 female.


Col Says:

Yes they should start matches earlier, or relocate to another court. Standards are too low.


j-kath Says:

RZ: As long as Mr. Andie. doesn’t get too confident too soon….the idea of subsequently getting into 5 setters in Wimbledon is not my idea of moderation.


jatin Says:

Hope Fed will mix it up and break now.
He is holding so much better than Stan, just couldn’t covert the BP’s. Stan is super clutch.

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