Following a relatively strong performance on Thursday afternoon, Stan Wawrinka is through to the third round of The Championships where he will now play Denis Istomin in what promises to be an entertaining battle. This is the fourth time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional circuit and the second time at Wimbledon. Their last meeting at this event saw Istomin upset Wawrinka in the opening round, and while Wawrinka leads the series 3-1, he certainly will not be looking past Istomin on Saturday. Check out the Wawrinka vs Istomin Head to Head matches.
Fifth seed Stan Wawrinka may have lost his focus slightly in the third set against Yen-Hsun Lu, but he played a strong match overall and hit 56 winners to secure the 7-6(6), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory in two hours and 42 minutes.
“Grass is tough,” he admitted. “It’s tough to change quickly from clay court to grass, especially for my game. I need a lot of time on the grass. In past years maybe I didn’t have enough practice, enough time. This year I had the chance after losing early in French Open, I had a wild card in Queen’s, so I’ve been playing on grass almost three weeks now. I’m feeling really confident with my game. I think that makes a big difference.”
Denis Istomin reached the third round of the tournament with a 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Julian Reister. Istomin struck 11 aces, 53 winners and 39 unforced errors for his relatively smooth win on Thursday. He will be motivated to match his best performance at Wimbledon, which was a fourth round showing in 2012.
These two players are familiar with each other’s games and have played on a variety of surfaces, including clay, outdoor hard and grass. Istomin’s sole win against Wawrinka took place here at the Wimbledon Championships in 2010; the contest went five sets before the Uzbek dispatched his Swiss opponent to reach the second round of the event. Times have changed dramatically since then for both players, and it is now down to Wawrinka to prove that he is truly a top seed at this event.
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Five Sets