Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, and Nicolas Mahut, of France, will contest the finals of the TopShelf Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands after both scored straight sets wins on Friday in the semi-finals.
The 10th ranked Wawrinka, who is enjoying a revival of fortunes in 2013, defeated Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-4 to reach the first grass court final of his career.
Wawrinka, who is drawn to meet former world no. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in the first round at Wimbledon, said that he is learning to adapt to the grass courts. “I want to say that I can play really good on grass, I just need to find a way to win a few matches and get some confidence. I can say today I played my best match of the tournament and I’m really happy for that. I really enjoy playing on grass and I think my game can fit really good on this surface.”
The Swiss is enjoying one of his best seasons to date, with a 31-10 record and will be aiming to win his second title of the year on Saturday.
Mahut, best known for his 11 hour record-setting marathon against John Isner at Wimbledon a few years ago, defeated former Wimbledon semi-finalist Xavier Malisse, of Belgium, 6-3, 6-3. Mahut is the lowest ranked player to reach an ATP final this season and needed a wild card to play in the main draw at Wimbledon next week. The Frenchman had not won an ATP level main draw match this year until the Queen’s Club event last week.
This will be the first meeting between the two players.