Wimbledon 2014 Scheduling Chaos Leaves Stanislas Wawrinka Flustered

Torrential rain forced Stanislas Wawrinka's match against Denis Istomin to be played on Monday. He won which means he will come out for his fourth round match just a day later.

Updated: June 30, 2014 23:02 IST
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Stanislas Wawrinka in action against Denis Istomin in the third round.

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London: Stan Wawrinka was stunned that he had to play his Wimbledon third round tie on Monday in a scheduling nightmare which will force him to play five matches in seven days to win the title.

The third-seeded Australian Open champion defeated Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round for the first time since 2009.

But the match should have been played on Saturday before it was cancelled due to the torrential rain which swept the All England Club.

Wawrinka will now play his fourth round on Tuesday against 19th seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain who also waited until Monday to see off John Isner, the ninth seeded American, 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5.

Victory on Tuesday would mean a quarter-final on Wednesday before getting back on schedule for semi-final day on Friday and a potential final date on Sunday.

However, the top half of the draw, featuring top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Andy Murray, was completed on Saturday while Wawrinka's main title rivals in his section, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, also finished their third rounds two days ago.

"I was disappointed. I was expecting them to move matches, move maybe juniors or doubles, to make my match or Isner/Lopez's match first on when they started at 5:00pm or 6:00pm again when it stop raining," said Wawrinka.

"But you cannot do anything. They do what they want and you just follow. They don't listen to the player. They just do what they think is good for them."

He added: "I was surprised because (after the rain) it was a perfect day to finish. They said for security reason, they didn't want to put our match on a small court. But (Kei) Nishikori (the 10th seed) was playing on small courts."

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