Stan Wawrinka quietly advances to French Open semifinals without dropping a set

Wednesday June 7th, 2017

Tennis players don’t make physical contact until they shake hands after the final point. But that doesn’t they can't inflict pain on the opponent.

Stan Wawrinka again brought his brutal, physical tennis to bear on Wednesday. Running his man from one corner to the other, pinning him deep behind the baseline, Wawrinka punished Marin Cilic, who is likely sitting dazedly in an ice bath as you read this. We’ve been talking for the last ten days about Rafael Nadal’s dizzyingly high level of play here. But Wawrinka isn’t far behind. He has yet to drop a set and he’s won 17 of his last 18 matches at Roland Garros. And you get the feeling he still has some more body blows to unload.

Snapshots from the French Open quarterfinals

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