Wawrinka stunned in Wimbledon by Medvedev


As the seed, hobbled with a knee injury, came up against one of tennis’s new generation of hitters Stan Wawrinka’s Wimbledon hopes were shredded from the first round on Monday.

As he pulled off a dazzling selection of winners to wrap up a 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory the grand slam champion was.

However much of the upset was down to Medvedev’s capability to fire from the flanks and how much of it was down to the distress of Wawrinka was hard to tell.

As he hauled his giant frame around the court, the Russian, making his third grand slam look and who’s ranked 46 places three, was filled with energy.

After wrapping up a victory in 12 minutes and 2 hours, he bent down and kissed the turf.

“I don’t have any words to describe this. I guess this memory will be with me forever,” he told reporters.

Wawrinka, who last month reached the French Open final, will hope his sixth Wimbledon exit’s memory will not linger.

The knee problem had struggled to find any type of rhythm and bothered him he stated was dogging him since this past year’s end.

“I was not feeling how I wanted to believe,” he said. “But I played against a wonderful player who I believe was confident now, was playing well, was playing quicker. It was a tough loss.”

Wimbledon is his hopes of finishing his collection of majors appear forlorn unless he can master the lawns and Wawrinka’s least powerful slam.

UNDER PRESSURE

The Swiss had looked unruffled as he held his two service games, dropping two points, but it wasn’t long before Medvedev began to place Wawrinka and found his range.

The Russian crafted two break points in the seventh since the Wawrinka, and broke to enjoy in the fifth game of the set.

The Swiss sparked into life levelling the game after splitting for a 2-0 lead and then after Medvedev had clawed his way back on serve, breaking for a time in the match.

Before Wawrinka sent a forehand wide in the game to provide the Russian a set point, which he gobbled up to edge back in 34, they went toe-to-toe in the third set.

There was to be no way back as Medvedev raced clear breaking to go 5-1 30, for Wawrinka, who was outgunned.

He wrapped up the victory when Wawrinka sent a forehand long and fired down his expert.

“It was just something special. I don’t know how to explain it,” said Medvedev who next faces 124th-ranked Belgian Ruben Bemelmans.

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