For the third time this season, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in a Masters 1000 event to end the Swiss talent’s run prematurely in Paris.
Anderson, who earned his earlier wins at Indian Wells and the Rogers Cup in Toronto, collected his third consecutive victory over Wawrinka with a determined showing on Thursday afternoon – one that saw him rally back from a set down to defeat Wawrinka 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(3).
The 14th seed also struck 18 aces and won 75 percent of his first service points to level the head-to-head series 3-3 against Wawrinka. While his season will conclude following this tournament in Paris, the Swiss No. 2 will still take part in the Varclays World Tour Finals next month in London.
“I will have time to rest and practice a lot just to be ready for [London],” said Wawrinka. “We need to be fresh and we need to be ready and we need play well from the start and try to get some victories to [advance]. It’s a round robin.
“The good thing is I have experience,” Wawrinka added. “I’ve played this tournament before. I will just concentrate on what I’m doing, and I hope I will be fit to be there.”