Recently crowned Swiss No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka will continue his campaign for his first BNP Paribas Open title when he faces South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in a fourth round contest. Wawrinka leads the head-to-head series 3-0, including a recent win in last year’s Shanghai Masters event.
World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka stormed into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 49 minute rapid victory over Andreas Seppi. The Italian was only able to win two games during the entire contest, as Wawrinka hit 7 aces and did not allow a single break point against him. The win improved his perfect record in 2014 to 13-0. The 28 year old, who currently sits at a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, also broke serve on five occasions to clinch his 95th win at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level.
“Today was an amazing match,” Wawrinka said. “Can’t complain. Playing that great, it’s good. That level, it depends a little bit who you play, but I’m really, really happy with my match today. I’m moving really well, and every time I can play aggressive it makes a difference.”
World No. 18 Kevin Anderson began his week at Indian Wells with a second round win over Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt before dispatching of lucky loser Donskoy in three sets. After dropping the opening set, Anderson recovered to lose only three games to close out the match 4-6, 6-0, 6-3. He will next next encounter is against a confident and determined Wawrinka, who will be looking to maintain his undefeated streak tomorrow afternoon.
While their two most recent match-ups have both gone to three sets, it is hard to imagine the same occurrence this time with the form that Wawrinka is in. If Anderson can remain strong on his own service games and come up with big aces, he could be posed to trouble the Swiss for a portion of the match, but ultimately it will be Wawrinka who advances to the final eight of the tournament.
Prediction: Stanislas Wawrinka in Straight Sets