Stan Wawrinka admits he will have his work cut out against American John Isner in the semi-final of the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia. Wawrinka will go toe to toe with the 6 ft 8 giant Isner as he looks to reach the first ever final at the Diriyah Tennis Cup.
International tennis is in Saudi Arabia for the first time as the Kingdom continue to try and become a player in the sporting world.
The tournament, being held in Diriyah, comes a week after Anthony Joshua won back his heavyweight world titles in Saudi Arabia, despite concerns over the country’s human rights issues.
But Wawrinka is hoping to come out on top when he faces Isner, after beating Gael Monfils in the quarter-final.
“It was a tough battle but for my first match it was good,” Wawrinka said of the Monfils battle.
“I already lost to him this year in Rotterdam and he is a great friend, we know each other so well.
“I started well, but he played better than me. It was a bit windy, so a bit difficult for both players to play on a great level.
“Gael is a very good friend on tour, so it is always nice to share the court with him. So we really enjoyed it today.
“I think the support was good and I am realyl happy playing here. Tomorrow it will be very hard and difficult playing against John.
“The court is great, it is nice to play on and here are amazing facilities – it is very great for us here.“
Isner beat Italian Fabio Fognini to progress to the last four and says he is enjoying the tournament so far.
“It is definitly very cool to be here and to make history,” he said.
“I think I speak for all players, it is an honour to be part of this event. The organisation is very good and all of them treat us players very well and they really do it right here.
“It is a little tricky and a little windy out here and I haven’t so many matches before. It is very unique to be here and I am very grateful and happy about it.
“The ballkids doing a great job, especially with it being the first time they are doing that.“
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