World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka cruised past World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the ongoing French Open tournament at Suzanne Lenglen court on Sunday. The Swiss professional won in the fourth-round clash against the Greek as he defeated the player by a margin of 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 in the longest tennis battle in this year’s edition. Wawrinka took a total of five hours and nine minutes to seal the game with a clinical victory.
The 34-year-old Wawrinka who has not won any Roland Garros for last four years, struggled very hard to move one step forward in this year’s edition as Tsitsipas gave a tough fight to the match-winner.
The Greek professional started his game with a 2-0 lead against Swiss but at the beginning of the second set Wawrinka fought back and levelled up the game with 3-3 points on board. However, Tsitsipas was trying hard to break the serve of the opponent and he also succeeded in his goal as he got the opportunity to break Wawrinka’s serve in the eighth game but the Swiss was not in a mood to lose his game and he again made a comeback with 5-4. It was then no looking back phase for Wawrinka after the eighth game as he survived five break points along with six deuces in the 10th round but again the three-time Grand Slam champion faced a jolt in his winning momentum as he crumbled on the first break point in the 12th round.
In the final set of the game, Tsitsipas put all he had and earned eight break points but unfortunately was not able to convert any of them into positive while on the other side Wawrinka’s one out of two break points was enough to seal the match with a celebrating win.
Wawrinka will next lock the horns with 20-time Grand Slam winner and tennis great Roger Federer who made his way for the quarters after defeating Leonardo Mayer of Argentina with the successful margin of 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday. Though, Wawrinka hadn’t won any of his match against the former World No. 1 player as the 101 ATP title winner holds the record of 22-3 against the Swiss mate and even won all the past six matches against the player.
Earlier in the tournament, Swiss veteran outlasted the German star Oscar Oscar Otte by 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the straight sets of the second round at the tournament.