Wawrinka has Roger on his mind
Updated: 2013-09-05 07:25
By Reuters in New York (China Daily)
Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka spared a thought for an absent countryman after he powered through a high-quality match against Czech Tomas Berdych on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open.
The ninth seed beat the fifth seeded Berdych 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6), 6-2 in two hours and 47 minutes.
Wawrinka, the player constantly living in the shadow of 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in his homeland, was blown off the court by Berdych in the first set.
But in a match featuring superb ball striking and a combined 68 winners, Wawrinka's consistency proved the difference against the tall Czech.
He closed out the match by breaking Berdych's serve for the sixth time to set up a quarterfinal against defending champion Andy Murray.
It marks the first time Wawrinka has progressed further at a major championship than Federer.
"It's a different situation, for sure," Wawrinka said. "I'm really happy for myself this year, with what I'm doing right now, but I would prefer to have him still playing in the tournament.
"I watched his match yesterday and it was not that good. I was sad for him, because he's a good friend and I like it when he's winning Grand Slam titles. I hope he will come back stronger."
(China Daily 09/05/2013 page23)