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The Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, who has dropped to 284th in the world, was eliminated this Friday in the semifinals of the Metz tournament after just 17 minutes of play against the Kazakh Alexander Bublik (44th), who will play against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego for the title.
Wawrinka, 37, playing his sixth game of the week after being invited to the qualifier in Metz, went 6-4 in a tough three-set battle a day after beating Sweden’s Mikael Ymer (100th). physically unable to hold out , 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), after almost three hours.
Wawrinka, former number three in the world and winner of three Grand Slam tournaments, caused a great stir with his victory against Daniil Medvedev in the second round on Thursday.
On Sunday, Bublik plays with Sonego (65th), who defeated the reigning champion, the Pole Hubert Hurkacz (10th), 7: 6 (7/5) and 6: 4.
— Metz tournament:
– Men’s Singles – Semifinals:
Alexander Bublik (KAZ/N.7) defeated Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 2:1 and was eliminated
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) over Hubert Hurkacz (POL/N.2) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4