The all-Swiss showdown at the 2015 US Open was only one match away when Stan Wawrinka dominated in impressive fashion South African Kevin Anderson in straight sets, winning by 6-4 6-4 6-0 in 1 hour and 47 minutes, breaking his opponent - one of the best servers on the ATP tour - an incredible total of 5 times.
NY. Out of the two Swiss men engaged in quarter-final action on Wednesday at the US Open, it seemed Stan Wawrinka could be the one facing the toughest threat. Playing against big server Kevin Anderson, Stan knew he had lost all four last meetings against the South African, all played between 2014 and 2015.
There was at least one ti-break in all those last four meetings, showing how hard it seemed for Stan - just like anyone else - to return Kevin's serve. All those difficulties evaporated tonight as Wawrinka literally outplayed his opponent, winning 94% of the points played on his first serve, 30 out of 32 points, breaking five times his opponent's serve, saving the only break point faced in the match.
It was a Stan-the-Man version of the French Open champion, one of the most consistent players on the tour this year in major touranents. Wawrinka is the only other player, together with World No.1 Novak Djokovic, who has reached the quarter-finals or better in all four Grand Slam tournaments played in the year.
The Swiss was tested in the previous rounds, but he looked all but impressive as he always faced matches as the clear favorite. Anderson was the first top 50 player faced by Stan this year in New York, and that worked as a switch to play his best tennis.
Wawrinka fired a total of 25 winners and just 15 unforced errors, closing the match at the net, with a backhand volley.