Stan Wawrinka describes his first-round loss

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Stan Wawrinka describes his first-round loss

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SportsCafe Desk

07/04/2017

World No.3 Stan Wawrinka described his first-round match against Russia's Daniil Medvedev as a really tough outing as the World No. 3 was forced to make an early exit from Wimbledon. The fifth seed was ousted by Medvedev in four sets of 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 1-6 to be eliminated from the Grand Slam event.

Stan Wawrinka marched into Wimbledon expecting to complete his Grand Slam titles list but was stunned by 21-year old Daniil Medvedev in the first round of the grass-court event. 

The 32-year old lost the first set 4-6 only to level the match in the second with a 6-3 win. However, the knee that had bothered the Swiss in the Australian Open once again started taking a toll on the fifth seed who received a comprehensive treatment from his physio and tried to drown the pain with an ice pack before taking the court in the third.

Medvedev then gave Wawrinka no chance as he sealed the game in the next two sets when the Swiss had evidently given up and showed no signs of clawing back into the game. The indication that he had chosen to surrender came in the fourth set - a floating shot from the Russian that was tailor-made for a strong backhand from Wawrinka, but the 32-year old only managed to hit the ball into the net.

Wawrinka's grass-court season was nothing as expected as the Swiss suffered the same fate in Queen's where he was eliminated in the first round by Feliciano Lopez. The 32-year old expressed his disappointment after his loss and termed it to be a 'tough' day for him.

I had some problem with the knee with Queen’s, so that was not the way I wanted to get ready for this tournament,Today was tough.

Stan Wawrinka

“I had some problem with the knee with Queen’s, so that was not the way I wanted to get ready for this tournament,” Wawrinka said at a post-match press conference. “Today was tough.”

On the other hand, Daniil Medvedev was ecstatic at his first win in a major Grand Slam tournament. The 21-year old broke into the top-50 singles players on Monday and is currently in the 49th position. Medvedev, unlike Wawrinka, started his grass-court season on a high reaching the quarterfinals at Queen's before reaching the semi-finals at the Eastbourne Open.

The Russian celebrated his victory by bowing down and kissing the central court turf and expressed his happiness on his win.

“I have no words to describe this,” he said. “I guess this memory will be with me forever,” Medvedev said.

“I’ve had a great grass court season so far, I was feeling confident. I think my game suits really well on grass, because I don’t have a huge serve but it’s quite strong and very precise.

“Then I have a really flat game, which no one likes to play. I am good at the key moments.” he added.

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