Wawrinka outlasts Lopez in Antwerp tournament

Wawrinka outlasts Lopez in Antwerp tournament
Stan Wawrinka

Antwerp - Wawrinka has beaten Simon four times in seven meetings but the Frenchman prevailed in straight sets the last time they played each other



By Reuters

Published: Thu 17 Oct 2019, 10:51 PM

Last updated: Fri 18 Oct 2019, 12:54 AM

Stan Wawrinka was made to work hard at the European Open on Wednesday as the Swiss veteran outlasted Feliciano Lopez 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(4) to reach the quarterfinals in Antwerp.
The 34-year-old Wawrinka, seeking his first ATP trophy since he lifted the title in Geneva two years ago, served 17 aces - one less than Lopez - and converted one out of four break-point opportunities to edge the tight match.
Up next for the world number 18 is unseeded Gilles Simon, who powered past his French compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4 7-5. Argentina's Guido Pella joined the duo in the last eight after beating South Korea's Kwon Soon-woo 7-5 7-5 to set up a clash with Ugo Humbert or second seed David Goffin. 
Wawrinka has beaten Simon four times in seven meetings but the Frenchman prevailed in straight sets the last time they played each other on the hardcourts of Shanghai in 2016.
In first-round action, Pablo Cuevas beat Hugo Dellien 6-4 6-3 and will take on Briton Andy Murray next. American Frances Tiafoe overcame Germany's Yannick Maden 7-6(7) 6-3. 
 


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