Defending champion Stan Wawrinka’s run in Dubai ended before it got going. The Swiss number one fell short to Damir Dzumhur with a lack lustre performance ahead of Indian Wells.
Anywhere but there!
How many times do you watch a tennis match and see a player approach the net and think hit the ball anywhere but right at your opponent?
Annoyingly you can’t actually see Dzumhur which shows as well how deep he is on the court but up until this point it was a perfectly constructed point by Stan until he approached the net, anyway but down the middle and he wins the point but there seemed to be a lack of composure from Stan.
The other aspect of the match which Stan never got into was the push in the rallies. It was like watching a training session from his end but credit to Damir who did open up the court and had to work hard as well but Stan didn’t press him.
This isn’t 100% accurate to what happened in the match but it set the tone to be honest. Majority of rallies from Stan were landing here in the court as shown above. You can’t put a performance together that would win a match with literally no depth on the court.
It was inviting from Stan and like all good invitations Damir expected and despite the faults of Wawrinka deserved his win to advance in Dubai.