Swiss No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka and Alexandr Dolgopolov will meet in an entertaining fourth round encounter at the Sony Open on Tuesday afternoon. The contest will serve as a rubber match, as the Wawrinka vs Dolgopolov head-to-head series is tied at 1-1, with each getting a win on their preferred surface.
While it was far from his best performance this season, world No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka managed to limit his encounter with France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin to two sets, closing out the match 7-5, 6-4 to reach the fourth round in Miami. The Swiss No. 1 hit six aces and managed to save two of the three break points he faced during the encounter.
“I’m happy the way I was fighting, the way I was positive in the game,” he said. “Even if I was wasn’t moving or playing so as well at the beginning, I stayed with him. I was fighting with myself to get control of the point.”
Next for Wawrinka is the tricky Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who has been quite the resurgent force in 2014.
“Going to be a tough match. He’s playing really well… He’s a tricky player. He can serve really well. He’s moving well. He can play really fast.”
World No. 23 Alexandr Dolgopolov reached his second consecutive Masters 1000 fourth round following a come-from-behind victory over lucky loser Dusan Lajovic on monday afternoon. The Ukrainian had to overcome some fantastic gameplay from the Serb, as well as a rain delay that lasted over an hour. Following his upset win over Rafael Nadal last week at Indian Wells, Dolgopolov will be looking to secure another big win against an opponent he has already defeated once before in his career.
While the series is tied at 1-1, Wawrinka has the advantage with a victory on hard court at the 2012 US Open. Dologoplov’s win took place in the previous season on the (at the time) clay courts in Acapulco. This will likely be an entertaining match-up, yet the Swiss No. 1 will be the expected favourite and should manage the win in straight sets, but an in-form Dolgopolov could force the contest to a decider.
Prediction: Stanislas Wawrinka in Three Sets