Tommy Paul the United States won Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 in their second round match Queen’s Club Championships in Thursday. The 25-year-old Paul will face the defending champion and runner-up Matteo Beretini from Italy in the quarterfinals on Friday.
This was Paul’s first victory over Wawrinka. He did not pay much respect to the 37-year-old Swiss and showed clinical performance.
In this regard, here is a look at three things that stood out in the match:
# 1 Paul got an early break to move on
Tommy Paul made a great start by defeating Wawrinka in the second game of the first set. Wawrinka saved four break points in the game, but could not prevent the breakthrough in the end. Paul was then 15-40 behind in the next game, but managed to score four consecutive points to keep his serve and continue 3-0 ahead.
There was a lot of backhand exchange at the crossroads between the two before Paul pulled the trigger, playing his backhand down the line for clear winners. Wawrinka struggled with his movement as the American asserted his supremacy from the start.
# 2 Paul got another breakthrough and dominated with his backhand to win the first set
Tommy Paul broke Wawrinka again in the fourth game of the first set and took a 4-0 lead. He then withdrew his love affair to win the first five games of the match. However, the Swiss managed to save a little pride by holding his serve in the next match.
Paul then completed the set, saving a few break points again. His powerful backhand allowed him to dominate most of the races, as Wawrinka looked a little rusty in the first set.
# 3 Wawrinka did better in the second set, but Paul managed to win
Stan Wawrinka made a very good start in the second set, holding back his lovemaking. However, Paul kept his serve and tried the Swiss in the third match to continue 2-1. The American then held back his serve to take a decisive 3-1 lead. He played his forehand cross court with a rather top spin in the second set to keep Wawrinka moving to the right.
Wawrinka managed to keep his serve from that moment on, but failed to break through the American. In this way, Tommy Paul registered a convenient victory to create a clash with Beretini. Wawrinka was moving better in the second set, but his serve remained lower. The Swiss could win only 62% and 53% of the points from his first and second serve, respectively.