Swiss roll as Wawrinka cruises past Federer
Switzerland led the sporting agenda this week for all the wrong reasons. So it is good to report on Stan Wawrinka's spectacular ball-striking against his compatriot Roger Federer (right), which provided a joyful counterpoint to the goings-on at Fifa.
Wawrinka had hardly been considered as a contender for this tournament, so turbulent had his spring been.
It was not only the two-and-a-half-month stretch he spent without winning back-to-back matches. There was also the personal trauma of his departure from the family home near Lausanne, which was followed by news of his imminent divorce.
However, while off-court problems might have affected Wawrinka's performance at the regular tour events, he has clocked on here in Paris, driving through to the semi-finals for the loss of just one set.
The 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 evisceration of Federer yesterday was bold in intent and brutal in execution. This was Wawrinka in the sort of form that carried him to the 2014 Australian Open, delivering such heavy ordnance off both wings that everyone left in the tournament will be afraid to face him. (© Daily Telegraph, London)