French Open

French Open :  quarterfinals. Wawrinka beat Federer in straight sets in their last Roland Garros meeting at the same stage four years ago. Until last week, that 2015 match was also the last time Federer played in the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, having missed the 2016 edition to rest a sore back, then skipping the clay season altogether the following two years.

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Also Tuesday, Rafael Nadal looks to stay on track for a record-extending 12th title in Paris when he faces seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori. The two women’s quarterfinals scheduled are last year’s runner-up and 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens vs. recent Italian Open finalist Johanna Konta, and teenager Marketa Vondrousova vs. 31st-seeded Petra Martic. Stormy weather is in the forecast.

On Sunday afternoon, the tennis world was captivated. Stan Wawrinka and Stefanos Tsitsipas delivered a match of such drama, such rawness, such high quality, that no-one watching on TV or in Paris could take their eyes off it.

This was despite the supposedly main event – the matches of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – taking place over on Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland Garros’s equivalent of Centre Court

A day later something similar happened. The conclusion of Benoit Paire and Kei Nishikori was so exciting that ITV changed their usual – commercially understandable – policy of showing the biggest names, and switched from Novak Djokovic’s fourth-round demolition of Jan-Lennard Struff.

In truth, it has been a recurring theme at the French Open over the last week or so. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic’s matches have been given top billing by the schedulers, but they have by and large been painfully dull.

Never experienced something like this in my life,” the sixth seed said. “I feel very disappointed at the end. Long time since I cried after a match, so emotionally wasn’t easy to handle.

“It’s the worst feeling ever. Especially when you lose. You don’t want to be in my place.”

Wawrinka creaked in the final set but never cracked. The lone break points Tsitsipas faced in the fifth set, meanwhile, came in the last game.

In a tussle filled with breathtaking strikes, Wawrinka’s finish was both sublime and atypical.

With the players taking turns ripping one-handed backhands and going to the net throughout the marathon — particularly Tsitsipas — it was defense that officially got Wawrinka over the finish line.

His backhand slice from well outside the tram lines angled just enough to catch the outside of the line on a second match point. Chair umpire Renaud Lichtenstein had a closer look at the mark and confirmed the ball was good.

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