Wimbledon 2015: Richard Gasquet Defeats Stan Wawrinka In Marathon Match

Richard Gasquet of France defeated Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in a match that lasted well over three hours. The scoreline was 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 Wednesday on Court 1.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr,Stan Wawrinka was the champion at the last Grand Slam, the French Open, where he defeated world no.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets.

This ties Wawrinka's best finish at Wimbledon, as he reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club in the 2013 edition of the tournament. Last year was a different story for Stan, as he lost in the first round.

If Wawrinka would have defeated Richard Gasquet, it would have been the first time in the last 20 years that all four of the top rated players were facing off in the semifinals.

Richard Gasquet will face off against the French Open runner-up in the semifinals on Friday. Djokovic has won the Wimbledon title twice in his illustrious career (2011 and 2014). With this win, Gasquet matches his previous best finish at the Grand Slam on grass, having previously achieved this feat in 2007.

After the match, Gasquet discussed his upcoming semifinal match with Djokovic "He'll be the favourite, everyone knows that," says Gasquet, sweat still dripping. "But I just want to enjoy this win and then I'll think about that." And enjoy this match he shall, Richard showed strength in this match that we had never before seen from him.

Gasquet added "It was very tough, I got frustrated that I could not finish."

Gasquet showed great toughness throughout the last set and continued to play his best, even after having played for such a prolonged period.

Many spectators noticed Richard Gasquet having to re-grip his racquet multiple times over the course of the match, Richard commented on that issue after the match "I'm sweating a lot and maybe its a bit of superstition."

The other three quarterfinal match-ups left us wanting much more, as they all finished with straight set victories. Andy Murray conquered Vasek Pospisil of Canada with ease. Novak Djokovic defeated Marin Cilic of Croatia showing little strain. Roger Federer dismantled Gilles Simon in simple fashion.

In the other semifinal match, Wimbledon fan favorite, Andy Murray, faces off against Roger Federer. The two have competed against each other 23 times previously, with Federer winning 12 of those matches.

Can Richard Gasquet continue his fantastic run into the Wimbledon finals? Or will Novak Djokovic stop the 21st ranked player in the world from making it to his first grand slam final?

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