Stan Wawrinka beaten for his return to Marbella

The Vaudois lost in the 1st round of the Andalusian Challenger 125 against the Swede Elias Ymer (131st), 6-2 6-4.



Stan Wawrinka has returned after a year's absence.


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Stan Wawrinka has returned after a year’s absence.

Stan Wawrinka’s competitive stint on the courts of the Puente Romano Club Tennis was fleeting. The Vaudois bit the Andalusian dust, defeated by the Swede Elias Ymer (ATP 131) 6-2 6-4 in the first round of the Andalucia Open in Marbella, a Challenger 125.

Despite encouragement from his friend, French humorist Kev Adams, “Stanimal” had a false start. On his first face-off, he made three unforced errors on his backhand, each time too long. Forced to chase after the score, he saved two double break points at 1-4. But, pushed to take all the risks by a solid Elias Ymer from the baseline, the Vaudois finally dropped his serve a second time, 6-2.

Ymer didn’t give up

A relaxation, his traditional little race towards the tarpaulin and a slide later, Stan Wawrinka regained the hair of the beast to make the break at the start of the 2nd set, also taking advantage of his opponent’s slightly too relaxed climbs to the net . He then made a second break to lead 4-1 on an almost winning backhand where Elias Ymer could only see the impact of the ball on the line.

But the 25-year-old Swede didn’t give up. He brought in a drop shot from Stan Wawrinka on the verge of a double rebound and then a volley that seemed unreachable to close the gap. He had just entered the head of his opponent, who then made two big unforced errors on the forehand on his next face-off. A few minutes later, Wawrinka finally collapsed for good, losing his serve (white) for the third time in a row.

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