It seemed as if Stan Wawrinka had won the 46th edition of the ABN AMRO World Tournament after the last run in the semi-final against Kei Nishikori (6-2, 4-6, 6-4). The Swiss clenched the fist: "I am so happy that after my operations I am in a final for the first time."
Stan Wawrinka played his last final at Roland Garros in 2017. After that, things went wrong with the former number three in the world. A long period of injuries started for Wawrinka after Wimbledon 2017 with two operations on his left knee. The recovery progressed slowly. He even thought about stopping. "When you're out for four months and can not even walk, you will ask yourself everything." It took a long time before Wawrinka had overtaken the lost ground. Last month during the Australian Open, the Swiss played one of the best matches of the tournament against Milos Raonic.
Tournament director Richard Krajicek was convinced of the qualities of Stan Wawrinka and gave him a wildcard for this tournament. And with success, because the triple Grand Slam winner shone old-fashioned in his semi-finals against the number one of the placing list. "It was really a fight against one of the best players in the world," Wawrinka said. "I have continued to fight for every point. Even with a 4-0 deficit in the second set. My service has kept me in the competition in the third set. It is again something special to win four matches in the same week. Playing the last game of a tournament week is always great. "
Stan Wawrinka won the 'Wim Buitendijk Trophy' in 2015. "That was my first title and also my first 500-tournament that I won, which is why I am always happy to be able to play in Rotterdam again. see the ring of this stadium, because there are almost only great names, which indicates the importance of this tournament. "
The thirties Wawrinka (33) and Monfils (32) both play their 29th final tomorrow. Stan the Man has a better score with sixteen tournament wins, while the 'Flying Frenchman' only climbed the top podium seven times. Wawrinka has a 3-2 lead over Monfils. It is the first time that they meet each other in a final.
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