Stan Wawrinka will not be playing the 31st final of his career on Saturday in Doha. The Vaudois was eliminated by the French Corentin Moutet (ATP 81) in a semi-final which stretched out his arms for a long time.
The world No. 15 lost 3-6 7-5 6-3 to the 20-year-old Parisian left-hander, who will challenge Andrey Rublev (ATP 23) for his first final on the Circuit. He suffered a terrible ten-minute air hole which cost him both the second set and the decisive break in the last inning.
The score went from 6-3 5-5 to 3-6 7-5 3-0 in a few moments who saw Stan Wawrinka hasten his loss by committing too many direct errors on the points important. He then had the merit of saving two 4-0 balls on his commitment to force Corentin Moutet to serve for the match at 5-3. Led 15-30 in this last game, the Frenchman concluded with a certain panache on his first match point, cocking an unstoppable forehand along the line.
Victorious 6-3 6-4 by Slovenian Alja Bedene (ATP 58) at the start of the afternoon, Stan Wawrinka therefore did not manage to escape unscathed from the rainy day of the previous day. In the perspective of the Australian Open which begins in ten days in Melbourne, he can learn two major lessons from this tournament in Doha: his tennis is there, but he still has to gain in intensity to find this adrenaline without which nothing will be possible.