What was billed as an opening-day basic between two previous warriors was a humid squib as Stan Wawrinka crushed Andy Murray 6-1 6-Three 6-2 on the French Open on Sunday. The last time they met on Court Philippe Chatrier, within the 2017 semi-final, Wawrinka arrive via a five-set slugfest however this time it proved a painfully one-sided affair as Murray suffered his equal worst Grand Slam beating.
When the opening three games on a near-empty showcourt took round 20 minutes, one other battle royal appeared doable between the players who each personal three Grand Slam titles. But as 16th seed Wawrinka, champion in Paris in 2015, raised his game, Murray, who wore black leggings on a cold evening time, capitulated alarmingly together with his trademark battling qualities conspicuous by their absence.
“I need to have a long hard think about it. It’s not the sort of match I would just brush aside and not think about it,” Murray, whose earlier worst loss was a 6-Three 6-2 6-1 hammering by the hands of Rafa Nadal on the 2014 French Open, instructed reporters. “I need to understand why the performance was like that.”
Murray’s defeat by Wawrinka in 2017 after an epic four-and-a-half hour tussle proved nearly the ultimate straw for a crumbling hip that has since required two surgical procedures, the second of which has left him with a steel joint. But the 33-year-old returned to singles motion last yr and really beat Wawrinka to win the Antwerp title in October – a outcome that raised hopes he may once more problem on the prime.
He was soundly crushed by younger Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime within the second round of the U.S. Open although and was hit off court docket by 35-year-old Wawrinka who has additionally been pressured to come back back from knee surgical procedure. Murray landed just 36 % of his first serves which was by no means going to finish effectively towards a player with Wawrinka’s bullish groundstrokes.
“That’s just not good enough, really, against anyone, and especially someone as good as Stan,” he mentioned.
The usually vocal Scot barely uttered a phrase in the course of the match and even his often elegant contact was off with one dropshot late within the second set failing to succeed in the web. While Murray was a shadow of his former self, Wawrinka, who performs 61st-ranked Dominik Koepfer of Germany subsequent, fired a warning that he may very well be a risk.
It was just his second Tour-level match for the reason that resumption of tennis from the coronavirus shutdown, however he served magnificently and clubbed 42 winners to Murray’s 10. With the situations prone to stay heavy, Wawrinka shall be assured of an prolonged run.
“I’ve had some amazing matches with Andy. I was expecting a tough match. But I was really focused. Even if the scoreboard is one-sided like today, you never know what can happen. It’s great to be back, great to feel that way, and looking forward for the next match.”