Following Stan Wawrinka’s remarkable showings on the first two days of Davis Cup action, the Swiss No. 2 may get a chance to take part in the decisive fifth rubber to potentially secure the historic title for the Swiss team. As arguably the MVP of the week, he has earned his place in the match against fellow Davis Cup standout Gael Monfils. As both players set themselves for a potential clash, they will look to end a 2-2 split in the head-to-head series.
Stan Wawrinka followed up on an outstanding opening day of action at the Davis Cup, where he defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets to secure the opening point for the Swiss team, with an even more impressive showing in the doubles rubber with partner Roger Federer. The Swiss pair dominated the encounter against Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet and eventually defeated them in straight sets with minimal resistance.
Wawrinka, in particular, was brimming with confidence on the court, as he struck the majority of his shots with complete disdain for the talents of the opposing team, and flaunted his backhand in ways that immediately sapped the confidence out of the French pairing.
In what he later proclaimed to be one of the “top three matches of his career” Gael Monfils put on an outstanding performance against a weakened Federer to defeat the Swiss star 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 and level the tie after the opening day of action. He appeared possessed and focused on a single goal – one which he achieved with relative ease.
This marks the fifth time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with the series split at 2-2. This marks their first meeting in over three years and if it just so happens to be a live rubber, it may make for the most entertaining fifth rubber in recent memory.
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Five Sets