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Wawrinka too good for Ramos Vinolas, reaches last four

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka held off Albert Ramos Vinolas’ late charge to storm into the French Open semi-finals with a 6-2 6-1 7-6(7) victory on Wednesday.

The third-seeded Swiss, who got off to a slow start in opening rounds of the claycourt grand slam, steamrolled through the first two sets and resisted in the third on Court Suzanne Lenglen to set up a meeting with either local favourite Richard Gasquet or world number two Andy Murray of Britain.

Wawrinka used his single-handed backhand to move Ramos-Vinolas left, right and centre and it took the unseeded left-hander more than two sets to adjust.

After breaking back in the third, he forced a tiebreak and even had a set point but Wawrinka saved it and raised his arms in celebration when Ramos Vinolas’s forehand sailed long on match point.

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