Stan Wawrinka kept his Roland Garros hopes alive with a comprehensive win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas. The Swiss number two routinely made his way into the semifinals as he looks to defend his 2015 French Open title. Wawrinka needed nearly two hours to advance with a 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(7) win over the clay-court specialist.
Swiss storms to a one-set lead
Wawrinka went head-to-head with Ramos-Vinolas for their seventh career meeting with the third seed having won on the previous six occasions. The match began in the favor of the defending champion as he continued to dominate the Spaniard from all parts of the court. An early break by Wawrinka set the tone for the first set, and he raced to a 3-0 lead. The pair exchanged breaks until Wawrinka arrived at a 5-2 lead after brilliant ball-striking in the opening set.
Wawrinka quickly found himself up love-40 in the eighth game. On his second set point, the Swiss carved a beautiful forehand volley winner. The world number four closed out a one-sided opening set in 31 enticing minutes on Suzanne-Lenglen Court.
Swiss sails to a second set victory
Wawrinka picked up where he left off as he cruised through the first three games of the second set. An exchange of breaks brought the score to four games to one in the Swiss' favor. Ramos-Vinolas suddenly found himself severely behind Wawrinka, and an insurance break by the Swiss put him within a game of taking a two-set advantage.
The third seed served for the second set, but he found himself in trouble as he fell down a break point after three loose errors. But a clutch hold from 30-40 down sealed the game and the second set for Wawrinka in a quick 26-minutes that was dictated by last year's champion. Wawrinka was one set away from the prestigious final four stage.
Wawrinka holds on to book his place in the semifinals
The world number four exchanged holds with Ramos-Vinolas before the Spanish lefty failed to hold serve in the set's third game. Wawrinka led 2-1 in the third set, but the match then saw four straight holds for a 4-3 Wawrinka lead. The Spaniard seemed to have run out of time for a miraculous comeback but Ramos-Vinolas was able to break the defending champion to level the third set at four games apiece.
The pair exchanged holds until the set was pushed to a tiebreaker. Wawrinka arrived at his first match point. But the Swiss player was unable to capitalize at the first time of asking. Ramos-Vinolas then held a set point before he sailed a ball long to keep Wawrinka's finish line close. The third seed wrapped up an exciting quarterfinal on his second match point in just under two hours in three-set fashion for his seventh career win over the Spaniard.
Wawrinka to play Murray
Wawrinka will take on Andy Murray for a spot in this year's French Open final. The meeting will mark as the pair’s 16th match-up with Wawrinka having won their only two matches on clay.