Wawrinka thrashes Murray as big match falls flat

Tanya Simon
September 30, 2020

The 19-year-old, who has been tipped for big things on the circuit, sports the honour of becoming the first player to win under the new retractable roof over Court Philippe Chatrier.

"We don't know exactly what the rules are going to be for Australia, but it's looking like you'll have to get there very early to prepare for that", he said.

"That's something I'll need to look at with my team and see why I was missing them, where I was missing them".

The three-time Grand Slam title victor and runner-up at the French Open in 2016 has undergone two hip surgeries in order to cure an injury which pushed him to the brink of retirement.

Murray said that the real issue in Sunday's loss wasn't his health or his fitness, it was the fact that he didn't execute his strokes, particularly on serve. Let's see. Let's see what the next few months holds, and I reckon I won't play a match like [Sunday's loss to Wawrinka] between now and the end of the year. The French Open is taking place in September instead of May due to the Corona virus epidemic.

Murray, 33, is now ranked 111 in the world due to his gradual return from hip surgery.

But he admits after his 6-1 6-3 6-2 defeat to Stan Wawrinka that he'll likely never be the player he was in his prime, now that he's 33 and coming off of multiple hip surgeries.

Japan's Kei Nishikori surrendered two sets 6-1 but still managed to battle past Britain's Dan Evans and into the second round.

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Alexander Zverev has won his first match since blowing a two-set lead and losing a fifth-set tiebreaker in the U.S. Open final. It was not the usual situation but from the second set, I start playing better.

"Andy's a great champion who's won all the big prizes in the game", Wawrinka told post-match interviewer Cedric Pioline.

But this year he is not seeded, and the Japanese player next faces Italian Stefano Travaglia, who advanced after beating Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams suffered a third successive first round exit at the French Open as she lost in straight sets to Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

A break of serve right at the start of the third set brought the finish line closer, and Murray was unable to take any of his first three break points when he had Wawrinka at 0-40 in the next game.

Addressing his critics, Zverev added: "Some say that I don't do well at Grand Slams, I'm proving them wrong this year".

The talented Australian remains hopeful of competing at the Australian Open next year despite ongoing restrictions amid the pandemic. "I don't think I would be anywhere near where I am right now without him".

The 31-year-old former world number one complained about the unsafe conditions in the rain and cold as officials tried to make the players wait out a downpour on Court Suzanne Lenglen. By giving us all hope by playing, it's just not right.

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