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French Open 2023: It was a long and tough battle, says Stan Wawrinka after win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas

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By India Today Sports Desk: Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka said his battle against Albert Ramos-Vinolas was a long and tough one. Wawrinka beat Ramos-Vinolas in the first round of the ongoing 2023 French Open.

Speaking after the match, Wawrinka says this was probably the toughest match that he played against Ramos-Vinolas, adding that it was a tough and long battle. Wawrinka beat his Spanish opponent 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-7(2), 1-6, 6-4 to advance to round two of Roland Garros.

“It was probably the toughest one I played against him, that’s for sure. It was a tough battle today. A long one,” said Wawrinka.

He went on to say that Ramos-Vinolas has always been a tough player to beat, especially when he is in a good rhythm. It took Wawrinka four hours and 35 minutes to beat the Spaniard in their first round encounter.

“I had some opportunities in the third set to maybe find a way to finish. I couldn’t. I think he’s always been a tough player to play, especially when he’s in his good rhythm. For me, it was important to stay focused on what I wanted to do,” Wawrinka added.

Wawrinka is now set to face Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis in the next round, who beat 20th seed Daniel Evans in straight sets on Sunday. Speaking about his match with Kokkinakis, Wawrinka said this will be the first time that he’ll face the Australia, while calling him a dangerous player.

“It’s going to be an interesting match, for sure. I think it’s the first time we are going to play each other. I know him, I saw him play many, many times. When he’s healthy, like he’s been this year, he’s always a dangerous player,” said Wawrinka.

This victory ensured that the Swiss tennis star took a 8-0 head-to-head lead against Ramos-Vinolas in ATP events. This was the 38-year-old’s 30th five-set victory, putting him behind only 22-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic (37) and 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic (34) in terms of five-set wins.

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