Swiss No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka is through to the third round in Monte Carlo, where he will meet Spain’s Nicolas Almagro for the tenth time on the ATP World Tour. The head-to-head series stands at 6-3 in favour of Wawrinka, who has won their last three consecutive encounters on the tour. Check out the Wawrinka vs Almagro H2H matches.
World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka appeared to be in his best form since winning the Australian Open title earlier in the season, as he crushed towering Croat Marin Cilic in straight sets to reach the third round. Not only did Wawrinka lose only two games in the match, he lost just six points on serve and broke Cilic five times from seven opportunities. It was an impressive victory over a competitor who had two titles to his name this season and was enjoying a career resurgence with his coach Goran Ivanisevic.
“I practised perfectly before,” said Wawrinka. “I expected a more difficult or more complicated first round against him. But I was able, as I said, to practise well before. I felt good on the court. I know that physically if I feel good, then I am able to put a lot of pressure on the opponent. Now the clay court season is just starting and I’m always very pumped up for this particular moment of the year. I’m aware of my strengths, and I know that I must practise a lot and prepare well.”
Nicolas Almagro defeated France’s Nicolas Mahut 7-6(3), 6-3 in one hour and 36 minutes to reach the third round in Monte Carlo. The Spaniard has never been past the third round at this tournament, as he lost to Wawrinka two years ago at this very same stage. He is 9-7 overall at the event.
This marks the tenth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Wawrinka leading the head-to-head series 6-3. The Swiss No. 2 is also 3-1 against Almagro on clay, including wins in their last two consecutive encounters on the red dust. If Wawrinka’s spectacular performance from Wednesday afternoon spills over into Thursday, then it is highly unlikely that Almagro, who has been struggling on the tour, will earn the victory.
Prediction: Stanislas Wawrinka in Straight Sets