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Stan Wawrinka Aims To Cause More Grand Slam Heartbreak For Novak Djokovic

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Stan Wawrinka reacts to winning the second set against Kei Nishikori during their Men’s Singles Semifinal Match on Day Twelve of the 2016 US Open. (Source Chris Trotman/zimbio.com)

After a roller coaster experience on the tour throughout the summer, Stan Wawrinka has once again placed himself in a position to ruin Novak Djokovic’s grand slam dreams.

 

The Swiss player has set himself up with a final clash against the world No.1 after defeating Kei Nishikori in four sets in the semifinals. Sunday’s final in New York will be Wawrinka’s 25th match against the Serbian, who defeated a lacklustre Gael Monfils in his previous match. Historically Wawrinka does have a poor record against the dominant top seed, but it has done little to wet his appetite for their latest clash.

“To play Novak, the No. 1 player, it’s always really challenging.” The 31-year-old said.
“But we had some many big memories together, especially in Grand Slams, so it’s going to be an exciting match.”

Wawrinka has only managed to defeat his mighty rival twice since 2007 and currently trails 4-20 in their head-to-head. It is a tough matchup for him against a player with such an outstanding calibre of tennis. On the other hand, the world No.3 knows better than anybody about how to stun his opponent on the main stage of tennis. At the 2014 Australian Open, Wawrinka triumphed in a five-set epic, clinching the deciding set 9-7. Then a year later he came back from a set down to win the French Open crown.

“He knows that I can play my best tennis in the final of Grand Slam.” Wawrinka said about Djokovic.
“But it’s going to be a completely different match.” He later added.

Regardless of Djokovic’s recent woes where he has suffered wrist problems and a disappointing Olympic Games, the defending champion will still be the standout favourite. His route into the final might not have been the most convincing with a trio of his opponents retiring, however, he has also displayed characteristics of a true champion by always finding a way to come through. Despite this, even the man himself knows that he will need to up his game in order to win grand slam title No.13.

“He’s (Wawrinka) a big match player. He loves to play in the big stage against the big players, because that’s when I think he elevates his level of performance in his game.” Djokovic said.
“The last couple of matches he’s getting in that shape that is winning him big matches.”

Reaching his first major final since Roland Garros last year, a confident Wawrinka is keeping level-headed about his title chances. The belief is certainly there for the Swiss player, however, he is fully aware that even his best might not be enough in New York.

“When you play Novak, even if you’re playing your best tennis, you can also lose. So it’s going to be, I hope, a big match, and hopefully I can keep winning.” The third seed concluded.

The final between Wawrinka and Djokovic will take play on the Arthur Ashe stadium at 4pm local time.

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Marin Cilic rallies from one set down to beat Ilya Ivashka in Marseille

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Marin Cilic came back from one set down to beat Ilya Ivashka 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 at the Open 13 in Marseille to secure his spot in the second round, where he will face Denis Shapovalov. Cilic tied 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Shapovalov.

 

Ivashka won the opening set with his only break in the sixth game. Both players traded breaks in the first two games of the second set and saved break points in the sixth and seventh games at deuce. Cilic earned three set points at 6-3 in the tie-break and converted his third chance to win the tie-break 7-5. Cilic earned a double break in the third and fifth games to race out to a 5-1 lead. Ivashka pulled one break back on his second chance to close the gap to 3-5. Cilic sealed the win on his first chance.

Aljaz Bedene from Slovenia came back from one set down to fifth seed Karen Khachanov 4-6 6-4 7-5 to reach the second round Khachanov earned his only break in the opening game at deuce to win the first set 6-4. Bedene converted his third break point chance at deuce to win the second set 6-4. Bedene earned the only break in the 12th game to win the third set 7-5. Bedene beat Khachanov for the first time in his career.

Gilles Simon beat his compatriot Harold Mayot 6-4 7-6 (7-3). Simon earned his second break point chance to win the first set 6-4. Both players traded breaks in the third and fourth games and held their serve en route to the tie-break. Simon earned two early mini-breaks to win the tie-break 7-3.

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Jannik Sinner beats Norbert Gombos to set up second round clash against Danil Medvedev in Marseille

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Last year’s Next Gen Finals champion and world number 68 Jannik Sinner beat Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos 6-4 7-6 (7-5) at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille.

 

Sinner went down 1-4 in the tie-break of the second set. The Italian player saved all six break points he faced and did not face any break points in the 2-hour and nine-minute match.

Last week Sinner scored his first top 10 win against David Goffin in Rotterdam to reach his maiden ATP 500 quarter final.

The first set went on serve until the 10th game, when Sinner earned three consecutive set points with a backhand lob and sealed the opening set 6-4 with a break at love.

Sinner saved a break point in the first game of the second set with an ace. He saved another break point with an ace. Gombos earned two two more break points, but Sinner saved them with a forehand and and an ace. Sinner saved two break points to force to set up a tie-break. Gombos went up a 4-1 lead in the tie-break, but Sinner came back by winning six of the next seven games to win the tie-break 7-5.

Sinner set up a second round match against 2019 US Open finalist Danil Medvedev, who reached the quarter finals on his tournament debut in 2017.

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz cruised past France’s Antoine Hoang 6-4 6-1 in just 64 minutes. Hurkacz dropped just points on his first serve to set up a second round match against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil.

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Mikael Ymer overcomes Richard Gasquet to advance to the second round in Marseille

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Swedish 21-year-old Next Gen player Mikael Ymer edged past Richard Gasquet 6-3 3-6 7-5 after 2 hours and 22 minutes to reach the second round at the Open 13 in Marseille.

 

Ymer fended off 7 of the 10  break points he faced and broke serve in the third match point in a marathon third game setting up a second round clash against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Ymer raced out to a 4-0 lead with two consecutive breaks. Gasquet pulled back one break in the seventh game to close the gap to 2-5, but Ymer served out the first set in the ninth game with an ace.

Ymer saved three break points in the sixth game, but Gasquet earned the break on his third chance in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3.

Ymer got an early break in the second game of the third set to open up a 3-0 lead. Gasquet broke back in the ninth game and held serve to draw level to 5-5. Ymer converted his third break point at deuce to seal the third set 7-5 in the 12th game.

Benoit Paire beat Gregoire Barrere 6-4 7-6 (7-1) in the all-French match. Paire earned his only break of the match in the third game of the opening set. He saved two break points in the fourth game of the second set. Both players went on serve en route to the tie-break, where Paire cruised through to a 7-1 win.

Ilya Ivashka overcame Alexei Popyrin 6-1 3-6 6-4. Ivashka broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the first set 6-1. Popyrin earned one break in the fourth game to clinch the second set 6-3. Popyrin got an early break at deuce in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Ivashka broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3. Both players went on serve until the 10th game when Ivashka sealed the win with a break.

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