Stan Wawrinka and Frances Tiafoe performed the match of the day Tuesday on the Cinch Championships, with the Swiss advancing at The Queen’s Membership after three tie-break units.
Wawrinka’s 7-6(2), 6-7(6), 7-6(5) victory towards his London doubles accomplice marked a profitable return to the grass in his first match on the floor since Wimbledon 2019.
“That was a very long time in the past,” he mentioned with amusing. “It is by no means been my greatest floor however at this time was nice. Nice match. [Tiafoe] is a good pal, we performed doubles yesterday. We at all times play some massive battles, so I am actually joyful to get via that one.”
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Wawrinka had a match level at 6/5 within the second-set tie-break, however the American erased it with an ace earlier than sending the competition to a decider. Each males displayed sensible shotmaking at key moments within the match, with Wawrinka taking part in a few of his greatest tennis to cease Tiafoe from serving out the match at 5-4 within the third.
The American rode the momentum from the second-set tie-break to an instantaneous break within the decider, however couldn’t shut out the match as Wawrinka raised his degree late. After getting again on serve at 5-5 together with his first break of the match, Wawrinka saved three break factors in a five-deuce recreation to edge in entrance 6-5.
After leaping out to a 6/3 lead within the tie-break, he closed out the match on serve on his third probability of the tie-break — his fourth match level general.
“I used to be preventing properly. I feel the extent was not dangerous and I am pleased with the win,” Wawrinka mentioned post-match. He improves his tour-level document this season to 3-3, taking part in in his fourth occasion after getting back from a foot damage.
“It is a part of the method,” he mentioned of his progress up to now. “It takes time to be again at my age after greater than a yr off of the Tour. I am having fun with the ambiance. I am having fun with taking part in in entrance of followers like at this time.”
Wawrinka will subsequent face sixth seed Denis Shapovalov or Tommy Paul, who had been knotted at one-set all when play was suspended as a result of darkness. Paul took the opener, 6-4, earlier than the Canadian claimed the second, 6-2.
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