Three years ago the Roland Garros semi-final between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka was a big turning point for both players.
Stan Wawrinka went onto leave Wimbledon early due to a knee injury and missed a lot of tennis dropping out of the top 250 in the world.
Andy Murray hasn’t played on clay since that match in 2017, his hip problem which occurred in Paris and at Wimbledon it did not look good. Surgeries followed, rehab began but there were set backs and in the end Murray had his hip resurfaced and against the odds returned to competitive singles action.
To see these two back on the court against each other in Paris will be an incredible moment but it will be sad to see someone go home this early.
During their struggles off the court of late they have been super supportive of each other and Andy even got a bear from Stan following surgery.
Both players’ comebacks have been phenomenal with Andy winning comeback player of the year award last year following an incredible final between Andy and Stan in Antwerp with the Brit winning from a set and a break down.
On the clay you would say Stan has the advantage, the Swiss star didn’t go to New York and opted for a couple of challengers on clay. Stan won the first in Prague but the other he withdrew from before his quarter final injured.
Over in Rome, in was a case of Deja-vu for Stan losing in the first round there for the third consecutive year this time to impressive teenager Lorenzo Musetti.
Andy Murray decided against Rome and has been in Paris ever since practicing on the clay and hasn’t played a competitive match on clay for over three years.