Wawrinka enchaîne à Rome et retrouvera Djokovic en huitièmes

Wawrinka enchaîne à Rome et retrouvera Djokovic en huitièmes

The cheers from the nearby Stadio Olimpico, where fans of Juventus Turin and Inter Milan were warming up before the Italian Cup final, became increasingly intrusive on the Pietrangeli. Night fell on this court surrounded by statues, the voices of tennis died out and the atmosphere cooled. Laslo Djere found his vista in the forehand and the public, stunned, forgot a little to push behind Stan Wawrinka. Some had even gone to see the 100% Italian duel on the Central between Fabio Fognini and Jannick Sinner. But the Swiss was able to warm hearts and make the cheers of those who remained come back even more. Until covering the encouragement of football fans.

Broken in the third set, the current 361st in the world erased his delay before winning, on his fourth match point on the service of the Serb, his second victory (7-6 [8], 3-6, 6-4) since his return to the circuit after an absence of several months. The first dated from Monday and put an end to 455 days of waiting, a series of galleys linked to several operations on the left foot and a long preparation to return to the circuit.

Twenty-sixth duel against Djoko

The triple Grand Slam winner hung on, convinced that he still had great things to live for. In Challenger in Marbella, then in Monte-Carlo, he had not managed to get past the first round. But the thrills felt for his second victory in Rome rewarded the energy put into his comeback. ” It was a big challenge, I’m very happyhe explained. It was a great atmosphere, it was incredible. That’s the reason why I keep playing, to experience moments like this. Rome is still an amazing place to play big games. »

In addition to the emotions, this success offered him a new big match, a duel with Novak Djokovic, the 26th of his career against the Serb. Djokovic-Wawrinka, these are multiple Grand Slam clashes, including two finals won by the Swiss (Roland-Garros 2015 and US Open 2016), yet dominated in direct confrontations (6 wins for 19 losses). But the former world No. 3 was far from all that yesterday when discussing his reunion with Djokovic more than two years after their last confrontation. Above all, he wanted to gauge himself: It’s good (to face him) to see where I am but I know that I am not yet at the level of this kind of match. You also have to play against the best to see what I still need to work on. »

With the world number 1 in front, the Swiss will very quickly be fixed on the continuation of his program.

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