Stan Wawrinka showed on Thursday night in Metz why he earned the nickname “Stan The Man”.
Despite missing a match point in the second set, the former world No. 3 stunned the top seed Daniel Medvedev 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3 to reach the Quarterfinals Moselle open. It was the 37-year-old’s first top 10 win since 2020 Rolex Paris Masters versus Andrei Rublev.
Everything seemed to go wrong as the Swiss star missed his chance to end the match in the tiebreak of the second set. At 6/5, both players remained neutral in the rally and hit the ball in the center of the court with a margin. Wawrinka broke that pattern by trying to rip a backhand, which he easily missed and pulled wide.
When Medvedev broke the tie-break to force a deciding set, momentum was all in the former world No. 1’s side. But Wawrinka turned it in his favor by taking a 3-0 lead in the final set.
“At the end of the tie-break, I got a little frustrated because I started hesitating a bit with my shots,” Wawrinka said in his on-court interview. “He’s one of the best defensive players, so if you don’t go all the way through the ball without thinking too much and it’s difficult. I made a few mistakes but I think in general it was a super good level from me. I’m really happy about the win.”
Medvedev fought hard to get back on serve and he saved another match point as Wawrinka served for the match at 5-3. But the three-time Major winner kept his nerve to triumph after two hours and 21 minutes. With his victory, the Swiss star equalized his ATP Head2Head series against Medvedev to 2: 2.
“We always have some great fights,” Wawrinka said. “He’s at the top of the rankings. One of the best players and nicest people off the pitch so it’s always great to play against each other.”
In another blockbuster matchup earlier in the day, second seed Hubert Hurkacz defeated the former world No. 3 Dominik Thiem 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 16 minutes. The Pole hit 12 aces and saved the two break points he faced.
Thiem entered the match in good form after reaching and beating an ATP Challenger Tour final in Rennes last week Richard Gasquet in the first round in Metz. But Hurkacz played too well that day to take a 3-0 lead in his ATP Head2Head series and face the Frenchman Arthur Rinderknechthe Georgian supplanted Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6(11), 6-3.
Another French, former Top 10 star Giles SimonIn his last Metz appearance, he did not get any further. Italian Lorenzo Sonego beat Simon 7-6(2), 6-4 and next meets American Sebastian Kordawho advanced on Wednesday.
Did you know?
All three of Wawrinka and Medvedev’s previous games took place at majors. Their ATP Head2Head series now stands at 2-2.