Paris - Stan
Wawrinka knocked Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas out of the French Open
with a thrilling victory in the longest match of this year's tournament
on Sunday, setting up a quarter-final against Roger Federer, while
Rafael Nadal claimed his 90th Roland Garros win.
A stunning winner from yards behind the baseline secured a 7-6 (8/6),
5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 fourth-round triumph for 2015 champion Wawrinka
after five hours and nine minutes in sweltering heat on Court Suzanne
The 34-year-old has a 23-3 losing head-to-head record against close
friend and fellow Swiss Federer, who saw off Argentinian world number 68
Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 earlier in the day.
"It's incredible, lots of emotions. Thanks to all the fans for
staying and (the) support," said Wawrinka after the third longest match
in the last 20 years at the French Open.
"It's for these kind of emotions that I live for after coming back from injury."
It is the first time Wawrinka has reached a Grand Slam quarter-final
since losing to Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Roland Garros final, and
completes an amazing turnaround from 12 months ago.
Last year, the three-time Grand Slam champion, following injury
struggles, lost in the first round to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and dropped
out of the world's top 250.
The 20-year-old Tsitsipas missed out on the chance for a rematch with
Federer, having beaten the 20-time major title winner in the Australian
Open fourth round earlier this year.
Wawrinka, seeded 24th, saved 22 of the 27 break points he faced,
including all eight in the final set as sixth seed Tsitsipas pushed for
victory to no avail.
"Worse thing in tennis. It's the worst feeling ever. Especially when
you lose. You don't want to be in my place," Tsitsipas said.
2009 champion in Paris, is the oldest man to make the quarter-finals of a
Grand Slam tournament since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.
"It's fabulous that I can spend this time in Paris," said Federer who
last played the tournament in 2015 when he lost in the quarter-finals
"I was prepared for the worst scenario, losing in the first round in three sets. But I am super happy with my performance."
Federer will be playing in his 54th quarter-final at a Slam, cementing his place on top of the all-time men's list.
Federer, who is yet to drop a set in the tournament, said he still
remembers his last-eight loss to Wawrinka in Paris four years ago.
"I have a bad memory of it. Stan beat me in three sets with his terrible shorts!"
Reigning champion Nadal continued his bid for a record-extending 12th
Roland Garros title by beating Grand Slam debutant Juan Ignacio Londero
6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
World number 78 Londero had his moments, breaking Nadal when 4-1 down
in the third set, but the 17-time major champion always looked too
strong, powering 40 winners past the Argentinian.
Nadal will face either Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori or home
favourite Benoit Paire in his 38th Grand Slam quarter-final, after their
match was suspended due to darkness with Nishikori leading 6-2, 6-7
"It's an incredible feeling to be in another quarter-final at this
tournament which has been the most special of my career," said Nadal.
The Spaniard, who turns 33 on Monday, has only been defeated twice in
his French Open career and has a 10-2 record over Nishikori while he
has yet to lose to Paire in four matches.
In a wide-open
women's draw after the shock exits of top seed Naomi Osaka and 23-time
Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Saturday, last year's runner-up
Sloane Stephens laid down a marker with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 2016
champion Garbine Muguruza.
The American, a former US Open winner, needed five match points to get over the line.
Seventh seed Stephens will take on Johanna Konta for a place in the
semi-finals, after the British number one saw off Croatia's Donna Vekic
6-2, 6-4 to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final since Wimbledon in
Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova reached her maiden major quarter-final by thrashing Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-0.
She will face 31st seed Petra Martic for a semi-final spot, after the
Croatian came from a set down to beat Estonia's Kaia Kanepi 5-7, 6-2,
At least five women will reach their first Roland Garros quarter-final this year, the first time that has happened since 2001.
Results from the eighth day of the French Open on Sunday (x denotes seeding):
Stan Wawrinka (SUI x24) bt Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x6) 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6
Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
Kei Nishikori (JPN x7) leads Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 6-2 - match suspended due to darkness
Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) 6-2, 6-3, 6-3
Sloane Stephens (USA x7) bt Garbine Muguruza (ESP x19) 6-4, 6-3
Johanna Konta (GBR x26) bt Donna Vekic (CRO x23) 6-2, 6-4
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) bt Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x12) 6-2, 6-0
Petra Martic (CRO x31) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4