Wawrinka blasts gruelling schedule after win

Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:03pm EDT
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By Tom Hayward

LONDON (Reuters) - Fifth seed Stanislas Wawrinka breezed through his delayed third-round match with Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin on Monday before blasting his Wimbledon schedule, a run his coach labeled "not humanly possible".

The Australian Open champion won 6-3 6-3 6-4, conserving energy for a possible three matches in three days or five in seven should he reach his first Wimbledon final.

The Istomin encounter was originally scheduled for Saturday but it was canceled due to rain.

Wawrinka's coach Magnus Norman said playing five best-of-five set matches in seven days was "not humanly possible" and the 29-year-old Swiss player criticized the lack of consultation from the organizers.

"They just say what's going to be the schedule and that's it," he told reporters.

"Even if you want to talk to them, they're not going to change anything. They don't listen to the player, they just do what they think is good for them.

"Normally if the player starts to talk to the referee they never change the decision."


Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland hits a return to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 30, 2014.          REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth