Wawrinka Steps Up Comeback In Toronto


Stan Wawrinka played arguably the best match of his comeback on Thursday at the Rogers Cup.

Wawrinka played with great fluency and showcased high fighting qualities in a 7-5, 7-6(4) loss to three-time former champion and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the Toronto third round.

Nadal escaped from 0/40 at 4-4 in the first set and then ended a 46-minute break due to rain at 5-6. Upon the resumption of play, Nadal immediately broke and took a 2-0 lead in the second set. But Wawrinka went on a run of four straight games for a 5-4 advantage, prior to being broken for 5-5.

Wawrinka had beaten World No. 17 Nick Kyrgios 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round and No. 51-ranked Marton Fucsovics 1-6, 7-6(2, 7-6(10) in the second round in Toronto.