If it was statistical symmetry that started the evening, it would be a skewed scoreline that would end it as Wawrinka -- the man who put the animal in Stanimal -- welcomed Murray back to the fabled Court Philippe-Chatrier with a sublime 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 trouncing.
Judging from the run of play, it looks like Wawrinka is one of the few players powerful enough to barrel his way through the heavy conditions in Paris this year.
“I know I can be aggressive,” Wawrinka said after his one hour and 37-minute triumph. “I know I can put some heavy balls out there, and I can keep playing heavy balls each ball. That's important, the way I'm playing, focusing on keeping my game. I'm happy with it.”
For 2015 champion Wawrinka, who took down Murray in five grueling sets the last time they shared centre court in Paris in 2017, this contest was a stark contrast to many of the pair’s previous encounters.
“We actually practiced the first day I arrived here, and it was a tough practice. So I was expecting a tough match,” Wawrinka said. “I was really focused, with a champion like Andy, even if the scoreboard is only one side like today, you have to keep focus. You never know what can happen.”