Open 13 Friday Review: Stakhovsky Upsets Wawrinka

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The ATP 250 Open 13 tournament in Marseille was the scene of another big upset on quarter-finals day. This time the victim was Stan Wawrinka, the second seed and tournament favorite who was beaten 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 by Ukrainian Sergy Stakhovsky, ranked 59 on the ATP tour.

Wawrinka had been in fine form going into the event, winning in Rotterdam last week, winning in Chennai at the season’s start and reaching the Australian Open semi-finals.

Stakhovsky has an aggressive game which earned him a win over Roger Federer in the second round of Wimbledon 2013. That game worked well on the fast indoor courts of the Open 13 as he took the first set of Wawrinka.

Wawrinka raced into a 5-2 second set lead and took it 6-3, but the Swiss was broken again in the third and was sent crashing from the tournament by the Ukrainian.

Stakhovsky will face the winner of the Gilles Simon- Jeremy Chardy clash. It will be the Ukrainian’s first ATP Tour semi-final since the 2014 ATP Sydney tournament.

The top half semi-final will be contested between France’s Gael Monfils (7) and Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut who both won their quarter-finals matches in straight sets, beating Simone Bolelli and Dominic Thiem respectively.

Commentary by Christian Deverille

 

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