As early as 2014, the Swiss trio Bencic, Federer, Wawrinka stood in the US Open quarterfinals. With bitter exit.
"We are just a big tennis nation," said a delighted Heinz Günthardt. In fact – with Belinda Bencic, Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer, there is a Swiss trio in the quarterfinals of the US Open. No other country has more than one representative among the 16 total.
Even better: Bencic is the favorite against Donna Vekic, Federer meets his favorite opponent Grigor Dimitrov. And also Wawrinka is in the current form a victory against Daniil Medvedev definitely daring.
That sounds a bit like a déjà vu? In fact, just that Swiss tennis trident had managed to make it into the last eight in Flushing Meadows exactly 5 years ago. But then it went quickly:
- Bencic: At the tender age of 17, she has previously eliminated Angelique Kerber (then number 6 in the seedling list) and Jelena Jankovic (9) in New York. Against the equally unsuccessful Peng Shuai the adventure comes to an abrupt end: 2: 6, 1: 6.
- Wawrinka: The reigning Australian Open winner can not live up to his reputation as a marathon man. An epic duel with Kei Nishikori, who will lose the US Open final after that, goes to the Japanese after 4:15 hours.
- Federer: He survives the quarter-finals by catching up a 0-2 setback in a legendary game against Gaël Monfils. In the semi-final, the air seems to be out. He does not win a single set against the eventual winner Marin Cilic.
While the starting position has striking similarities with the tournament in 2014, one must hope for another end from a Swiss perspective. In the men's table it comes in the best case to a repetition of the US Open semi-finals of 2015, which was called: Federer against Wawrinka.
Broadcast reference: SRF two, sportlive, 02.09.2019, 02:45 clock