Stan Wawrinka (ATP 15) quietly continues his journey in the second Challenger he is competing in Prague for his return to business.
Winner on Saturday of a seventh trophy on the Challengers front, the Vaudois climbed to the quarterfinals by dominating Botic van de Zandschulp (ATP 174) 6-3 6-3.
Stan Wawrinka took 72 ‘to collect his seventh victory on Czech clay. He testified from the start of a great application against the Dutch, leading 3-0 after 16 ‘by having dismissed five break points in his first two games of service.
The Vaudois admittedly conceded a break, while leading 6-4 3-2. But he reacted perfectly, pocketing three games in a row to conclude. Sign of a level of play that is going crescendo, he has also won his last three matches in straight sets, after winning in three sets in his first four games last week.
The three-time Grand Slam winner will meet an opponent he knows better on Friday. He will rub shoulders with Russian Aslan Karatsev (ATP 194), his opponent on Saturday in the final of the first Challenger, who left only three games (6-2 6-1) to Latvian Ernests Gulbis (ATP 158).