World no. 284 Stan Wawrinka is through into the quarter-final in Metz. Stan scored a notable victory in the second round, beating the top seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in two hours and 20 minutes. The Swiss delivered his first top-10 victory since the end of 2020 and moved into the last eight for the first time since the start of 2021.
Medvedev has won only one title this year, missing an opportunity to earn more points in the ATP Finals chase. It was the fourth clash between Stan and Daniil and the second straight victory for the Swiss. Medvedev saved a match point in the second set tie break, but it was not enough to propel him over the top after losing ground in the decider.
The Russian fired nine aces and 12 double faults, struggling on the second serve and losing the match in that segment. Stan saved two out of four break points and delivered four breaks from 11 opportunities to emerge at the top and remain on the title course.
Stan Wawrinka defeated Daniil Medvedev for the second time.
Both players served well in the encounter’s opening four games, and Medvedev fended off a break point in the fifth game with a booming serve. Wawrinka served well in the rest of the set and kept the pressure on the other side.
Daniil led 40-15 in game seven before dropping four straight points and spraying a forehand error to experience a break. Stan served for the set at 5-4 and held at love with a service winner after 37 minutes. Medvedev broke in the second set’s second game following Wawrinka’s volley error, and the Swiss pulled it back in the next one to return to the positive side.
The servers were too strong in the remaining nine games, dropping only seven points and introducing a tie break. The Russian forged a 4-1 advantage before the Swiss climbed back to 5-5. Medvedev sprayed a forehand error in the 11th point to experience a match point, and Wawrinka squandered it with a backhand mistake.
Stan saved a set point at 6-7 with a service winner before Daniil seized the second at 8-7 to introduce a decider. Starting all over, the Swiss broke in the third set’s second game, and the Russian lost his coolness with someone from the crowd.
Medvedev saved two break points in the fourth game to remain within one break deficit and pulled the break back in the fifth game after a forehand crosscourt winner. Medvedev squandered his opportunities on the serve in the eighth game, and Wawrinka seized the third break chance to open a 5-3 gap.
Stan faced a break point with a service winner while serving for the victory and converted the second match point for a place in the quarter-final.