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French Open: Can Wawrinka beat Nadal, the King of clay?

Last updated on: June 5, 2013 09:25 IST

French Open: Can Wawrinka beat Nadal, the King of clay?

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Stanislas Wawrinka will draw on the advice and experience of the man who coached the only person to beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros when he meets the seven-time French Open champion in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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Image: Stanislas Wawrinka
Photographs: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

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Norman gives Wawrinka hope

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The Swiss ninth seed, who has never taken a set off Nadal in nine encounters, is now coached by Magnus Norman who was in charge of Swede Robin Soderling when he upset Nadal in the fourth round in 2009.

The Spanish third seed had a straight sets win in the fourth round while Wawrinka experienced thigh problems in a five-set thriller against France's Richard Gasquet.


Image: Stanislas Wawrinka
Photographs: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

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'It's going to be difficult'

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"I know it's difficult to play against Rafael on clay, and a five set match, possibly," said Wawrinka.

"It's going to be difficult. I'll have to try and seize my chances and see what works out well for me."

Nadal is on a semi-final collision course with World No 1 Novak Djokovic, who faces German veteran Tommy Haas, at 35 the oldest man in a Grand Slam last eight since Andre Agassi at the 2005 US Open.


Image: Stanislas Wawrinka
Photographs: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

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Sharapova up against Jankovic

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Women's defending champion Maria Sharapova, the second seed, opens proceedings with her quarter-final contest against 18th seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, who is looking to equal her best performance at Roland Garros.

Third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, the double Australian Open champion, is bidding to reach the last four for the first time when she plays Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko.


Image: Maria Sharapova
Photographs: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

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