After coming out of qualifying, Stan Wawrinka was remembered by many with a three-set victory over Daniil Medvedev, seeded number 1 in Metz, in the round of 16.
Stan Wawrinka still has a few tricks to play! Down to 284th in the world and forced to qualify for the Moselle Open, the Swiss created a real surprise by taking the best of world number 4 Daniil Medvedev in three rounds. If the two players competed in the first games, Stan Wawrinka then accelerated the pace and obtained the first break point in the fifth game, without however managing to convert it. If the first try was not conclusive, the second was much more convincing in the seventh game. An advantage that the Swiss perfectly knew how to keep until concluding the first set with a shutout. Back to the wall, Daniil Medvedev then had no choice but to react and started the second round with a bang. But the break near the entrance did not hold against a raging Stan Wawrinka.
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Wawrinka broke Medvedev
Once this streak was completed, neither opponent was able to push the other back and a tiebreak concluded the set. But if the Swiss took control immediately, the missed match point was a turning point. From then on, Daniil Medvedev took the initiative and, on his first set point, restarted this match. The last set started with two streaks of three games first for the Swiss then for the Russian. However, the 284th in the world had more ideas and did it again. After taking the serve from the number 1 seed and saving a break point, it was on his second match point, the third in the entire match, that Stan Wawrinka sealed the fate of this duel ( 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in 2h24′). A prestigious success which allows him to join Mikael Ymer in the quarter-finals but also to start a small rise in the ATP ranking.