Stan Wawrinka sets up quarter final clash with Roger Federer
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Jun 04, 2019,
Jun 04, 2019, 0:37
Wawrinka and Tsitsipas both had to finish their third-round matches on Saturday and it was the Swiss who ran out a 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-4 3-6 8-6 victor on Court Suzanne-Lenglen a day later.
Tsitsipas, 20, looked on the brink of victory at 5-5 in the fifth set but could not convert any of the three break points that came his way and 28th seed Wawrinka went on to claim a 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 6-4 3-6 8-6 victory.
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.
Wawrinka's run to the quarter-finals would have looked unlikely this time previous year when the legacy of two knee surgeries in 2017 saw him lose in the first round in Paris.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal racked up his 90th win at Roland Garros on Sunday as he stormed into the quarter-finals for the 13th time.
"I was prepared for the worst scenario, losing in the first round in three sets".
"I have a bad memory of it. Stan beat me in three sets with his awful shorts", said Federer in reference to his compatriot's gaudy, checked shorts, compared by some to a tablecloth pattern. "They were severe, and that's why I think he's really happy he got sort of a second life on tour, because I think for a while there he wasn't sure if he was ever going to come back again", said Federer after a comfortable win over Mayer.
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Of Wawrinka he said: "On clay, it's been definitely more unsafe than on any other surface for me against him".
"I hope he's not at the level of '15, but we'll find out, because there he was crushing the ball".
In hot and breezy conditions, the Spaniard produced claycourt tennis of the highest quality to make the last eight of a Grand Slam event for the 38th time.
"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.
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 2017. The 19-year-old Vondrousova beat 12th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 6-2, 6-0 in just 59 minutes.
The tone was set when he broke the 25-year-old Londero's serve in the second game of the Court Philippe Chatrier duel and while his 78th-ranked opponent never threw in the towel he could only try to delay the inevitable.