If one comeback win wasn’t enough, Stan Wawrinka is embracing the flair for the dramatic this week in Prague.

For a third straight day, the former World No. 3 stormed back from a set down to advance at the I.CLTK Prague Open by Moneta. He overcame 20-year-old wild card Michael Vrbensky 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the final on a sun-kissed afternoon in the Czech capital.

Wawrinka entered the ATP Challenger Tour event in search of match play, as he seeks to find his rhythm on the court and gain much-needed confidence after the five-month COVID-19 break. With a combined 12 sets played and seven hours and 23 minutes on court this week, the Swiss says it’s exactly what he needed.

“It was a tough match and a tough battle for sure,” said Wawrinka. “I’m happy to have won the match, but I’m not playing the way I wanted to play. I’m just trying to win matches to get more time on the court, so for that I’m doing a great job.

“I started making less mistakes [after the first set] and we were playing longer rallies. I started feeling a little better and I’m just happy to now be in the final. It was the goal when I came here. I’m hoping to play better tennis every day and hopefully that will come again tomorrow.”

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