Swiss No . 1 Stanislas Wawrinka and Canadian No. 1 Milos Raonic will meet for a spot in the final four tomorrow afternoon in Monte Carlo. This is just the third time these two athletes will meet on the professional circuit, with Wawrinka holding a perfect 2-0 record against Raonic.
The top ranked Canadian reached the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo following an impressive victory over Spain’s Tommy Robredo. He earned the 6-4, 6-3 victory in 72 minutes, hitting 7 aces and 93% of his first service points. The world No. 10 was 3-3 in Monte Carlo before this week and had never been past the third round of the tournament, so he has already beaten his career-best performance at this event.
“I’m very pleased with myself,” said Raonic. “I showed a lot of discipline. I struggled in the beginning and was able to figure it out towards the end of that set. I gave myself a lot of opportunities after. Serving well was a big thing for me today, and I think I was moving well and was able to dictate with my forehand. There’s a lot of good things I’m doing and I think I can do better so I’m looking forward to seeing how that goes.”
This marks the first time he will meet Wawrinka on a clay court, which should add of the intrigue of this upcoming battle.
“Against Stan I’ve struggled in the past, but I think it’s different this time around,” said the Toronto native. “I feel like I’m doing a lot of things well and I’m looking forward to that challenge.”
Swiss No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka had a far easier Wednesday on his hands, as he received a walkover into the quarter-final after Nicolas Almagro withdrew from the event with a “severe pain” in his left foot.
“I woke up this morning with a severe pain in my left foot that prevented me from even walking normally,” explained Almagro. “After consulting with the doctor for a long time, we decided together that it was better for me not to play today. I deeply regret this because I was expecting a lot from this tournament that I like so much.”
This marks the third time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour, and while Wawrinka holds the 2-0 record so far, this will be their first ever clay court encounter, adding to the complexity of the match. While clay is neither man’s preferred surface, both have had outstanding weeks on the red dust.
Prediction: Stanislas Wawrinka in Three Sets