A fifth ATP encounter between Swiss no. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka (Player Profile) and Feliciano Lopez (Player Profile) takes place in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters tournament. The two have split their four previous meetings with Lopez besting the World no. 8 in their last encounter this year in Gstaad. Check out the Wawrinka v Lopez Head to Head.
Wawrinka is vying for a late qualifying spot in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and will need a strong showing to achieve that feat for the first time in his career. He has had an inconsistent few weeks on the tour, riddled with missed opportunities as he reached the semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur, the second round in Tokyo, the quarter-final in Shanghai and then a disappointing first round exit on home soil in Basel. This is his final opportunity to qualify for the event and he will need to regroup and produce some of his better tennis to overcome the upcoming obstacles.
Feliciano Lopez outlasted Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (1) on Monday afternoon to reach the second round in Paris. Although Tomic held the better serve percentage throughout the match and also commit less errors, the Spaniard’s experience allowed him to capitalize in the third set tiebreaker. Lopez has lost 4 of his last six contests dating back to his quarter-final loss to Raonic in Bangkok and before arriving in Paris, had lost in the opening round on home soil in Valencia. The World no. 18 has compiled a 29-18 record this season with a 1-3 record against top 10 competitors.
While Wawrinka and Lopez have split their previous four encounters, Lopez bested the Swiss in their most recent meeting on clay in Gstaad. Wawrinka’s last win over the Spaniard was the year prior in Monte Carlo, where he lost only five games en route to the second round of the tournament. Their first two meetings date five years back and could be considered irrelevant when contemplating the advantages for tomorrow’s contest. Each holds a win over the other on hard court and it will be interesting to see who is better prepared for tomorrow’s contest. Lopez has proven to be inconsistent with his performances against elite competition but Wawrinka has also been disappointing following his sensational US Open run.