Resurgent Stan Wawrinka sets up Kei Nishikori semi-final in Rotterdam
With the win, Wawrinka has now set up an intriguing semi-final clash against top seed Kei Nishikori at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Swiss tennis ace Stan Wawrinka, who is seeking his first title since undergoing two knee surgeries in 2017, subdued Canadian 10th seed Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 7-6(4) in the last-eight clash of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Friday.
With the win, Wawrinka has now set up an intriguing semi-final match against top seed Kei Nishikori.
The Swiss wildcard broke for a 5-4 lead in the opening set and sealed the win in a well-mastered tiebreak.
"Physically I feel really good, and I`m moving and feeling better match after match," said Wawrinka following the victory.
"Tonight was a tough match. I had to really fight at the end. I was a bit nervous at the end of the match. We had some long rallies. It`s good to see that I can keep being there, mentally, physically," he added.
Nishikori took a step closer to claiming his second title of the year by defeating Hungary`s Marton Fucsovics 6-3, 6-2.
In other men's singles event, Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev dismantled Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-2 in a one-sided quarter-final clash.
He will face another Frenchman in Gael Monfils, who defeated Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia 6-1, 6-2, for a place in the summit showdown of the tournament.