Tsitsipas is into the last-16 (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Stan Wawrinka and Stefanos Tsitsipas both returned to action on Saturday to book their spots in the last-16 of the French Open, where they will face each another.
Both of their victories were quite notable in the wider landscape of their respective careers.
Tsitsipas’ three hours and 34 minutes win over Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic saw him become the first Greek player in history to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros, while Wawrinka notched up his 500th tour-level win by downing Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in three tight tiebreak sets.
‘I knew I was close, but I didn’t know it was today,’ Wawrinka said of his milestone following the 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (10-8) win on Court 1, which spanned across two days.
‘It testifies to what I have accomplished in my career. It’s not something very important right now, but when you mention it, it represents everything I have done in my career, everything that I have won, the matches I have been able to win over the years. So it’s something I had never imagined when I was young.’
It’s perhaps fair to say Wawrinka has had the toughest draw of anyone at Roland Garros but he has passed every test with flying colours.
Wawrinka will take on Tsitsipas (Picture: (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)He took down in-form Chilean Cristian Garin in straight sets in round two before pulling off the same trick against Dimitrov and now he will have to find a way past Greek sensation Tsitsipas on Sunday.
‘He’s top 10, excellent results over the last year, Wawrinka added. ‘He has been very impressive to see his evolution.
‘He’s an incredible player, and he’s been able to beat Roger [Federer] in Grand Slam, Rafa on clay. And so he’s present and it’s going to be a very difficult match tomorrow.’
Tsitsipas has not made life easy for himself on the clay courts of Paris thus far and has been dragged into lengthy battles with both Krajinovic and Hugo Dellien.
‘It could have been easier, to be honest with you,’ Tsitsipas said. ‘I didn’t make it easier for me.
Tsitsipas will hope to take out Wawrinka (Picture: Getty Images)‘I don’t know if – I mean, not teasing, but making things tougher than I should. And I think if I reverse that and do the exact opposite of that in the next match, it might help me on my long-run performance here in Roland Garros.
‘I know he [Wawrinka] has been struggling with some injuries, and he had a serious operation recently, so to me, it seems like he has found his form, his game. And as we all know, he did quite well at the French Open plenty of times, not just once.
‘He’s a dangerous player. He knows clay very well. He has a big game.’