Wawrinka continues in Rome and will find Djokovic in the eighth

At the end of the effort, Stanislas Wawrinka offered himself a second consecutive success at the Masters 1000 in Rome on Wednesday, against Laslo Djere (7-6 [8], 3-6, 6-4). The Swiss was waiting to repeat such a performance since his two victories at the ATP 250 in Melbourne in February 2021. Now the 361st player in the world, he will challenge Novak Djokovic on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals.

Winner of a first set that lasted more than an hour, the three-time Grand Slam winner believed for a time that this meeting was going to slip through his fingers. In the second set, he was unable to convert any of his five break opportunities, the fault of a friable backhand that Djere was able to exploit. Having failed in the first ball (at 45% in the second set), Wawrinka ended up cracking and conceding the win in the second act.

A tantalizing reunion with Djokovic

If he dropped his face-off first in the third set, the Swiss was able to restore the necessary intensity and rely on a service found to pick up at 3-3. Author of two similar faults in the forehand which revived his opponent, Djere even gave up his service a second time, at the worst of times, during the tenth (and last) game.

Wawrinka could then exult: he is there for the round of 16, where world No. 1 Novak Djokovic awaits him on Thursday. If the Serb leads 19-6 in their confrontations, the world number one will necessarily be wary of an opponent who has already played bad tricks on him in the past, especially in major events.

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