Short work with Casper Ruud
After the exploit, tears welled up in Wawrinka’s eyes
Stan Wawrinka makes an exclamation mark in his first game at the Swiss Indoors. The Vaud native throws Casper Ruud (ATP 3) out of the tournament. An emotional triumph for the 37-year-old.
A deserved winning fist – Stan Wawrinka beats Casper Ruud 6:4, 6:4.
The Basel St. Jakobhalle is upside down for the first time! Stan Wawrinka shows a strong performance against the favorite Casper Ruud and wins 6: 4, 6: 4. After the triumph over the world number 3, the Vaud native shows how much the victory and the loud support of the fans mean to him.
“There are a lot of emotions in it. Thanks for the support, »says Wawrinka on the court with a brittle voice and tears in his eyes. The spectators respond with thunderous applause. “I fought because of these feelings – despite my age, despite the injuries. I wanted to come back and play in front of you guys.
Wawrinka puts his stamp on the first movement in an impressive manner. Cheered on by the many home fans, he surprised the world number three with his performance. Especially when you serve yourself, the Lausanner is reminiscent of the good old days. Twice he uses the early break to decide. He only wins four points in his own return game – all in the same game to the important break.
“I was very nervous”
Wawrinka was able to cover up what was going on in his mind at the beginning. “I was very nervous when I came onto the pitch. I know I can still play very well like I did today. I hope I can build on that. It’s a pleasure playing in front of you and I look forward to seeing you again in two days.”
The presence of his parents Wolfram and Isabelle as well as his daughter Alexia in the stands make what is probably the biggest win since his comeback even sweeter. On Thursday, Wawrinka will meet American Brandon Nakashima (ATP 44) in the round of 16.