Sofia Open: Stan Wawrinka bows out of tournament after semi-final loss to qualifier Mirza Basic

Wawrinka battled hard in the opening set, but saw Basic take a tie-break on his third set point, before the Swiss threw away a 4-2 lead in the second.

AFP February 11, 2018 00:15:07 IST
Sofia Open: Stan Wawrinka bows out of tournament after semi-final loss to qualifier Mirza Basic

Sofia: Stan Wawrinka failed to reach his first final since returning after knee surgery as he was dumped out in the Sofia Open last four by Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic on Saturday.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka, who made his comeback from injury at the Australian Open last month, lost 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 to the World No 129, who will face Romanian Marius Copil in Sunday's final.

Sofia Open Stan Wawrinka bows out of tournament after semifinal loss to qualifier Mirza Basic

File image of Stan Wawrinka. Getty

Wawrinka battled hard in the opening set, but saw Basic take a tie-break on his third set point, before the Swiss threw away a 4-2 lead in the second.

The 32-year-old will now turn his attentions to next week's ATP event in Rotterdam, where his compatriot and 20-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer can become the oldest-ever World No 1 with a run to the semi-finals.

Wawrinka, who was beaten by American Tennys Sandgren in the Australian Open second round, could meet Federer in the Rotterdam last eight.

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