A fourth clash between Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka takes place in 2013, as the two top 10 players will meet in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals today evening. After two epic clashes in the Australian Open and the US Open, this has clearly become one of the most riveting rivalries available on the ATP Tour. Wawrinka has finally come into his own this season and has proven that he is more than capable of taking the former No. 1 to his absolute limits. While he is yet to top Novak, his inspiring Grand Slam performances against him have certainly turned fans into believers of his overall abilities against elite competitors. Check out the Djokovic vs Wawrinka Head to Head.
Djokovic moved to a perfect 3-0 in the round robin stage of the World Tour Finals, with his three set victory over France’s Richard Gasquet. It was an odd performance at parts, particularly in the second set, but the Serb was able to get out of the match relatively unscathed. After a strong showing in the opening set, Gasquet sent a wave of silence over the London crowd as he broke to a 3-0 lead over the former World no. 1 and eventually took the set 6-4. The third set featured the characteristic Djokovic dominance as he broke ahead early in the deciding set and closed out the match 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in 2 hours and 9 minutes.
The World No. 2 has not lost a match since the finals of the US Open and is coming into this match riding a 20-match win streak. The two-time World Tour Finals champion first won the Shanghai title in 2008, and acquired his second title last year, where he did not lose a single match in London. His last loss at the O2 Arena came in the final group stage match against Janko Tipseravic in 2011. The Serbian picked up his 70th match win of the season for the third consecutive year. This is the third-longest match winning streak in his career, after compiling a 43-match winning streak in 2010-11 and 22 in 2012-13.
Stanislas Wawrinka also had to rally for a three set victory in his third group stage match against David Ferrer. Wawrinka got off to a great start but a slew of unforced errors allowed the Spaniard to win four consecutive games and force a tiebreaker, which he won. The second two sets saw a more focused and determined Wawrinka, who patiently and methodically dissected Ferrer until he was able to break ahead in both sets to secure the victory.
The Swiss reached the semi-finals in his debut here at the World Tour Finals, an achievement that he considers to be one of the greatest in his career. He has reached his first ever Grand Slam semi-final this season and is currently ranked 8th on the Emirates ATP ranking. No matter the results tomorrow evening, this has certainly been a fantastic week for ‘Stan the Man’.
Novak leads the head-to-head series 14-2 and is 3-0 against the Swiss in 2013. They played two extraordinary matches back at the Australian Open and the US Open but have since played a third time this year in Paris in a match that was far from competitive. Wawrinka won 5 games in the entire match and was simply unable to cope with the Serb’s attack on that particular occasion. This will likely be a more competitive encounter, with Wawrinka eager to end his season on a high note as well as his apparent comfort on this surface. This should be a fun and entertaining contest that should last all three sets before Djokovic secures a spot in the finals.
Prediction: Djokovic in Three Sets