The Russian Daniil Medvedev, 4th in the world, was not reassured before the November Masters by taking the door as soon as he entered the competition in Metz, beaten by the returning Swiss Stan Wawrinka in three sets 6-4, 6- 7 (7/9), 6-3, Thursday in the 2nd round.
I am very happy with the level of play that I offered today
”, appreciated the 37-year-old Swiss, who was arrested for a year, between March 2021 and March 2022, due to a tendon injury.
It was to experience such moments that I did everything to come back.
Offering tennis worthy of his finest years, Wawrinka, who was world number 3 in 2014 before sinking in the rankings due to repeated injuries, did not hesitate to get the seeded 1 out of the tournament in 2 hours 24 minutes. Regular against an opponent alternating good and bad (nine aces but twelve double faults for the Russian), Wawrinka took Medvedev's serve at 4-3 to win the first set (6-4).
Stung, the former world number 1 seemed to be able to take the lead by breaking his opponent quickly in the second set, but he lost his serve just as quickly and the two players found themselves in a breathless decisive game.
Medvedev took off (4-1) but the Swiss came back to 5-5 and even got a match point, wasted with a backhand in the hallway, before giving up the second set (9/7).
The spectators, all committed to the cause of the Swiss, could then fear that he would physically let go, he who was arrested for many months due to a tendon injury.
Stan was better than me and he won.
But Wawrinka, who had to go through the qualifications to enter the main draw, started again to lead 3-0 by succeeding a shutout on the opposing service, and did not let go when his opponent reunited at 3-3.
He ended up winning on his third match point (6-3).
Stan was better than me and he won
," acknowledged Medvedev.
I tried to hang on, I had opportunities but it wasn't good enough.
But respect to Stan for what he did, I didn't think he was 37.
In the quarter-finals of the Moselle Open, Wawrinka will face Sweden's Mikael Ymer (100th) on Friday.
The Swiss, three-time Grand Slam winner (Australia 2014, Roland-Garros 2015 and US Open 2016), had not passed two rounds of a tournament on the main circuit since the Masters 1000 in Rome, at the beginning of May, before being badly beaten by Novak Djokovic.
In the other matches of the day, the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, 10th in the world and defending champion, took out the Austrian Dominic Thiem and is becoming more and more the favorite of the Moselle Open.
The Italian Lorenzo Sonego (65th) beat, in two sets, 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, the French Gilles Simon (wild-card and 284th), triple winner of the Moselle, who will end his career in end of season