Former Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka and the upcoming star Stefanos Tsitsipas had extended duties in the third round in Paris, with dark halting their matches against Grigor Dimitrov and Filip Krajinovic on Friday night.
They returned today and defeated the rivals to set a blockbuster fourth-round clash on Sunday, in what should be one of the matches of the tournament if they both bring their 'A game.' The young Greek is the first player from his country in the fourth round at Roland Garros since the 1930s, ousting Filip Krajinovic 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in three hours and 34 minutes, having to dig deep from start to finish against another very talented player.
Stefanos landed 63 winners and 55 unforced errors, saving 11 out of 16 break points and taking seven breaks from 15 opportunities, taking two tight sets and coming from 5-3 down in the fourth set to reach the tie break where he saved a set point to march into the last 16.
From 4-2 down in the opener, Tsitsipas grabbed five of the next six games for a 7-5, staying rock solid at 4-4 when he repelled three break points and breaking Filip at 30 at 6-5 for a massive boost ahead of the rest of the encounter.
The Greek lost six points on serve in set number two, avoiding break points and stealing the Serb's serve in game four to open two sets to love lead, looking good to boo the place in the last 16 in style. Krajinovic raised his level in the third set, leading 5-2 and wasting a couple of set points in the eighth game, shifting the momentum to Stefanos' side of the net who broke back in game nine and held for a 5-5 before the darkness halted the match on Friday evening.
They continued today and Filip was more focused in the tie break, taking it 7-5 to reduce the overall deficit and forging a 5-3 advantage in the fourth, standing on the verge of the deciding set against one of the title favorites.
Just like many times before, the Greek stayed calm and broke back at love in game ten, erasing a set point at 5-6 in the breaker and winning it 8-6 to seal the deal and reach the fourth round for the third time at the last three Majors.
2015 winner Stan Wawrinka delivered the 500th ATP win with a 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 victory over Grigor Dimitrov in three hours and 14 minutes of intense battle. This is the best Grand Slam result for Stan in two years, having to stay on a high level for more than three hours to oust the struggling Bulgarian who gave his 200% to remain in touch and fight until the very end.
Wawrinka won six points more than Dimitrov, hitting more winners and more unforced errors. The match could have been over much earlier but Stan converted only two out of 13 break points, suffering a couple of breaks from four opportunities offered to Grigor and having to forge the win in the breakers.
In the third set tie break, Grigor led 6-2 and had no less than five set points, squandering them all and allowing Stan to complete the match without spending more time on the court ahead of tomorrow's clash with Tsitsipas that should be another super exciting duel.