After a disappointing conclusion to his clay court season, Stan Wawrinka will transition onto grass this week at the Aegon Championships, where he will begin his campaign against the resurgent Marcos Baghdatis. This will mark the fifth time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Wawrinka leading the head to head series with an undefeated 4-0 record. All of his wins took place on hard court though, which should add to the intrigue of this upcoming contest at Queen’s club.
Swiss No. 1 Stan Wawrinka became the highest seeded player to exit in the opening round of the French Open in several years, when he lost in four sets to Garcia-Lopez. IT was an abysmal performance from Wawrinka, who lost the final set 6-0 to the Spaniard. Wawrinka will now set his sights on Queen’s Club, where he is yet to pick up his first victory at the event. He holds an 0-1 record at the event, as he lost to James Ward in the second round back in 2011.
After missing the entire clay court portion of the season, Cyrpus’s Marcos Baghdatis rebounded with some big performances in the UK. The former Australian Open returned last week with victory at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Nottingham, which was his first title in several years. He would move to London, where he rallied to defeat Bradley Klahn 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-1 in one hour and 42 minutes. He will be looking to take advantage of his weakened opponent in the following round to pick up his first ever win against Wawrinka.
Baghdatis is yet to pick up his first win against the Swiss No. 1, but now may be as good a time as any for him to get the upset win. Wawrinka is yet to play his first match on grass, and that means he will have a hard time finding his range and footing, while Baghdatis is already six matches ahead on this surface.
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Three Sets