One of the more compelling fourth round matches at the United States Open on Monday is the one featuring Swiss No. 2 Stan Wawrinka and Spain’s Tommy Robredo. They met at this very event eight years ago in the third round of the tournament, where Robredo was victorious in straight sets. Much has changed since then, as Wawrinka won their most recent meeting en route to his maiden Grand Slam title. Robredo still leads the head-to-head series 6-2. Check out all the Wawrinka vs Robredo H2H matches
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Stan Wawrinka did not even need to lift his racquet en route to the fourth round in Flushing Meadows, after his opponent Blaz Kavcic withdrew with a right foot injury.
The final match of the day on Saturday evening was the entertaining battle between Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios and Tommy Robredo, who had toppled Roger Federer last season to reach the quarter-final round of the tournament. While Kyrgios got off to a magnificent 5-0 start, Robredo’s patience proved to be the difference in the latter stages of the match, as he closed out the contest 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 in 2 hours and 28 minutes.
“I think that he was playing so good at the beginning,” said Robredo. “He was hitting every ball. When I was a set and nearly 3-0 down, I was believing that I could turn it around. To believe that on a moment like this, I think it’s experience.
“When you play in a centre court like this, and you are losing like this, you are getting smaller, smaller, smaller. Sometimes it’s really tough to come back. I did it. I think that experience helped me a lot. And the passion of the sport. I just wanted to win, fight till the last ball. That’s what I did. In the end it paid off.”
This marks the ninth time these two competitors will met on the professional tour, with Robredo leading the series 6-2. While Wawrinka holds the most recent victory from earlier this season, he has not looked as good as he did during that run in the Australian Open and has been prone to some surprising lapses in concentration during his recent matches, making him a prime target for the upset.
Prediction: Tommy Robredo in Five Sets