Wawrinka resurfaces in a marathon of 5 hours and 9 minutes

The Swiss, champion in 2015 and finalist in 2017, beat Tstisipas (7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6 and 8-6) in the longest match of the tournament. He will have a Swiss derby against Federer in the quarterfinals.


Stan Wawrinka has once again been a player to consider in this Roland Garros 2019. After two years weighed down by physical problems, the Swiss is adding triumphs and regaining a status that seemed out of reach at 34 springs. The last, this Sunday in the round of 16 and after a marathon of five hours and nine minutes (the longest match of the tournament so far) against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, seventh favorite in Paris: 7-6 (6), 5-7 , 6-4, 3-6, 8-6.

'Stanimal 'did not pass the third round in a Grand Slam since reaching the final, precisely in Paris, in 2017. It was his second after proclaiming champion two years earlier, in 2015 , at the best moment of his career (he came from winning the Australian Open in 2014 and then he made the US Open in 2016). In this edition had been planted in eighth with some comfort after eliminating rivals without much substance as Marterer, Dellien and Krajinovic. But in his first test of importance, before a very intense player and 14 years less than him as Tsitsipas, he did not lower the piston. He slightly improved his opponent in winning shots (62 for 61), in the net (71% of success for 68% of the Greek, which went up 74 times for the 31 of Wawrinka) and, above all, in a match very even he took better advantage of his opportunities, converting 5 of 14 break balls on 5 of 27 of Tsitsipas.

Also, Wawrinka returns for his privileges and will be measured in the quarterfinals with his compatriot Roger Federer, in a Swiss derby that has been repeated 25 times , with an overwhelming 88% of wins (22) for the second . Whatever happens, Wawrinka has no one to take away the dance.

The Nishikori-Paire, suspended

On the other hand, the last duel of eighths to be played at the Suzanne Lenglen, between the Japanese Kei Nishikori and the French Benoit Paire, was suspended at the end of the third set due to lack of light. He sent Nishikori by two sets to one (6-2, 6-7 (8) and 6-2) and of that game, when it is finished this Monday, Rafa Nadal's rival will be in the quarterfinals.

Calendar and results of the men's Roland Garros.



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