Tennis: Del Potro knocks out fourth seed Wawrinka

Juan Martin Del Potro celebrates winning his match against Stan Wawrinka in Wimbledon, on July 1, 2016.
Juan Martin Del Potro celebrates winning his match against Stan Wawrinka in Wimbledon, on July 1, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

(Reuters) - Juan Martin Del Potro proved that multiple wrist surgeries had not robbed him off his flowing racket skills as he knocked out fourth seed Stan Wawrinka with a 3-6, 6-3 7-6(7-2), 6-3 in the second round of Wimbledon on Friday (July 1).

The Argentinian, making his first appearance at Wimbledon since reaching the semi-finals in 2013, held aloft his arms in triumph after condemning twice Grand Slam champion Wawrinka to his earliest defeat at the All England Club for three years.

Wawrinka broke once to take the first set but by the time the players swapped serves for four successive games at the start of the third set, the Swiss knew he was in for a torrid afternoon against the 2009 US Open champion.

Playing under a closed Centre Court roof, Wawrinka whipped a backhand wide on match point to complete another miserable outing at the only Major in which he has yet to reach at least a semi-final.