Is the final surprising? Afraid not.
Granted, Stan has beaten Roger before; we saw quite the demonstration of this at the FO QF 2015. Straight sets. Staminal was on a sort of mission then, mission impossible, mission cannibal, baseline missile mission, what-have-you. But beating Roger Stan has not done very frequently, at all. Trivia time:
- What’s their H2H?
- What’s significant about Stan’s wins vs. Roger (other than they were glorious moments for the younger Swiss, beating his mentor)?
Answer to #1: 18-3
Answer to #2: all of Stan’s wins over Roger have been on clay (Monte Carlo twice along with the RG win).
All of this to say: we’re not very surprised. Did we yearn for the Stanimal to carry us on one of his great tourney runs? For sure. Even I hinted at the possibility. But I wasn’t even convinced of his win over Murray to reach the SF. Murray…
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