The Grand Slams follow and look alike for Corentin Moutet. As at Roland-Garros, in May, the Frenchman took out Stan Wawrinka in the first round. This time, on retirement, while leading 6-4, 7-6 (7). Hit in the left ischio, the Swiss had been manipulated by the physio at 6-5 in the second set. He finally decided to throw in the towel after missing two one-set equalizers throughout the tie-break.
Sometimes dominating, very often more regular, Moutet had let slip three, then two break points in the fifth and eleventh game, against a Wawrinka who committed a whopping 40 unforced errors. Winning the second set put the Frenchman in a favorable position. He didn’t even need to go any further.
This abandonment puts an end to a black season for Wawrinka in Grand Slam this year. Absent from the Australian Open, the Swiss (now 295th in the world) was knocked out in the first round in Paris and New York by Moutet, but also at Wimbledon, by Jannik Sinner. Drafted after his defeat in qualifying on Friday, Moutet will face in the second round the winner of the match between Botic van de Zandschulp (seeded 21) and Tomas Machac.