Stan Wawrinka on his Basel opener, chances of qualifying for ATP Finals


by   |  VIEW 8250
Stan Wawrinka on his Basel opener, chances of qualifying for ATP Finals

Swiss tennis superstar Stan Wawrinka was extremely satisfied with the way he performed in his opener at the Swiss Indoors Basel. Wawrinka, seeded at No. 7, handed a straight-set defeat to world No. 45 Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-4 to set up a round-of-16 clash against rising American star Frances Tiafoe.

The 34-year-old Swiss hit 10 aces, won 90 percent of his first serve points, didn't face a single break point and converted 2-of-3 of his break point chances in just over an hour of play. "It was great for a first match," Wawrinka, said post-match, per the AFP.

"I moved and served well, I was really focussed. I'm really happy to get through in two sets." Last week, Wawrinka fell just short of winning his first ATP title since 2017 as he ended runner-up to former world No.

1 Andy Murray in the Antwerp final. "Antwerp really helped me today, I've got confidence in my game, the game is there," Wawrinka admitted. Wawrinka still has an outside chance to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals despite the fact that he is ranked at No. 15 on the Race to London list. "I'm super-far away, so it's not at all in my mind," Wawrinka claimed.