Tennis: Stan Wawrinka seizes his chance against Andy Murray

Stan Wawrinka takes his chance against Andy Murray

Published: 05/26/2024, 11:04 p.m. Updated 2 hours ago

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It was fortunate to have picked up Andy Murray (ATP 75) in the draw and Stan Wawrinka did not miss the opportunity. Faced with a Briton who has just returned from a serious sprained ankle and who has just changed rackets for the first time in his twenty-year career (!), the Vaudois did his head good, he who is having a difficult start to the season and is now ranked 98th in the world. Solid but also opportunistic at the start of each set, “Stan The Man” won 6-4 6-4 6-2 in 2h19 at the end of a pleasant encounter.

The idea of ​​trying

Scheduled in night session, the first of the fortnight in the Philippe-Chatrier arena, the match between the two veterans and triple Grand Slam winners was one-sided. From the first game of the match, Wawrinka obtained three break points on the opponent’s serve. He attempted the winning return with a forehand on the second ball, put it in the lane, but there was the idea of ​​trying things, of not regretting too much passivity. Two points later, he was rewarded with a break thanks to a winning backhand along the line of which he has the secret.

Current demons

In crisis of confidence and results, “Stanimal” then opened the door several times for a return of Murray. Sometimes struggling with his forehand (7 errors after 6 games), he held on until 5-4. There, with two set points in front of him, he released a timid backhand and Murray rushed in diagonally. Then he made a huge direct error on the forehand on the next point even though it was promised to him. This famous lack of lucidity in the important moments that he mentioned on Friday during the Media Day. But with a crucial service winner down the stretch, he conquered his current demons.

Murray’s drop shots

No doubt liberated by the win of the first set, the child from Saint-Barthélemy made the break at 1-1 in the second, after having hurt himself by remaining in the backhand diagonal. Murray then began to play a lot of drop shots, perhaps as a tactical choice or to shorten the rallies as much as possible because he knew he was out of breath. At 4-5, the Briton found himself at 30A. But on the next point, his ball hit the edge of the net and landed on his side of the court. Luck had definitely chosen sides.

Cameron Norrie on Wednesday?

The last set was just a formality and here is Stan Wawrinka in the 2nd round of Roland-Garros after a pleasant Parisian evening. “It gives me courage to continue fighting,” he reacted hotly on the court. I may be the oldest player on the table but in my head, I’m still a child.” He will return a priori on Wednesday to challenge the Briton Cameron Norrie, lowest seeded in the French Grand Slam (32nd), or the Russian Pavel Kotov (56th). The two men face each other on Monday in Paris.

Jeremy Santallo has been a journalist at Sport-Center since 2018. A basketball and tennis specialist, he has been to Roland-Garros four times and twice to Wimbledon.More informations @jeremy_santallo

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