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Wawrinka, Nishikori and Gasquet turn back the clock at Roland Garros

Wawrinka, who has not advanced beyond the third round of a Grand Slam tournament since the 2020 Australian Open, is currently ranked No. 98 in the world. His 6-4 6-4 6-2 victory over Murray marked his first straight-sets win at a major since he also defeated Murray in the first round in Paris in 2020.

It is widely believed that his painful 2017 Roland Garros semi-final victory – again over Murray – contributed to the knee problems that derailed his season shortly afterwards and required surgery.

Wawrinka described it as his best match of the year.

“I have pushed myself to get back to a high level after all the injuries in recent years. I keep pushing myself,” said Wawrinka, who first played Murray in a Davis Cup rubber 19 years ago.

“I haven’t won many games this year. I mentally failed a bit to finish those match(es). But the level has always been there. I have always been working every day, both physically and tennis-wise, to get to a good level.

“(Tonight) I think I felt good. I was moving well. I played aggressively. I liked the conditions and am super happy with the performance and level. It’s really positive for me.”

Wawrinka is positioned in the draw to potentially face second seed Jannik Sinner in round three.

Gasquet could meet the Italian star in the second round after beating Coric 7-6(5) 7-6(2) 6-4 in front of an electric crowd on Court Suzanne Lenglen.