Stanislas Wawrinka (Player Profile) will look to gain a second title heading into the final stages of the season, when he starts his bid in Basel tomorrow afternoon against Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Player Profile) in the opening round. The Wawrinka vs Roger-Vasselin Head to Head stands at 2-0.
Swiss No. 1 will look to secure a place in the World Tour Finals with a strong showing in the local Swiss tournament. He is only a few points ahead of Federer and will need to perform at his best to at least reach his finals to ensure the best likelihood of a spot in the year-end championships. He beat Raonic at the Shanghai Masters third round before falling to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. He will be looking to extend his 47-19 win-loss record here in Basel. He holds seven wins over top 10 players this year – a sign that his he is capable of competing against the best in the field.
Edouard Roger-Vasselin reached the quarter-finals in Moscow several weeks back before he retired due to a neck strain against Andreas Seppi at 2-5 in first set. This marks his first match back since his injury ended his strong run in Russia. The Frenchman reached his first ever ATP tour singles final several months back, when he met Ernests Gulbis in Delray Beach. While it has been a strong season for Edouard, he currently holds a losing overall record of 20-24. His opening round contest against Wawrinka will likely be his toughest match this year.
The two previously met in 2012 at the Chennai Open, where Wawrinka picked up a three set victory in a competitive contest. It was their only meeting on the professional tour and is a decent way to gauge tomorrow’s contest. Roger-Vasselin is having a more successful season in 2013, but so is the Swiss No. 1 and he now has the drive and motivation to push to the later stages of the tournament.