TOPSHELF OPEN 2013
Wawrinka To Face Mahut In First Grass Court Final
's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff|
"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," said Wawrinka. "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 will face qualifier Nicolas Mahut for the first time in Saturday’s final as he attempts to win his second ATP World Tour title of the season, following victory at the Portugal Open in Oeiras (d. Ferrer). Wawrinka was also runner-up at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer) and the Mutua Madrid Open (l. to Nadal).
In improving to a 4-2 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Garcia-Lopez, Wawrinka saved 10 break points, all of those in the second set, including rallying from a 15/40 deficit when serving for the match.
The 28-year-old Wawrinka learned on Friday that he will face former World No. 1 and 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt in the first round of The Championships at Wimbledon.
"He's one of the best grass-court specialists," said Wawrinka. "It will be a big fight for me. It's a really good challenge and I'll really enjoy playing that kind of match. I'm sure it's going to be a good match. After a good week here I feel confident with my game, so I can go to Wimbledon and expect a good performance."
World No. 240 Mahut became the lowest-ranked ATP World Tour finalist this season when he defeated Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-3 in 73 minutes. The Frenchman saved six of seven break points and has been broken just once in 38 service games this week.
The 31-year-old Mahut is through to his first ATP World Tour final since 2007, when he was runner-up at grass-court events at The Queen’s Club (l. to Roddick) and Newport (l. to Santoro). He is bidding to win his first ATP World Tour title.