For the first time in their respective professional careers, Stan Wawrinka and Victor Estrella Burgos will cross paths on the tour to determine who will advance to the following stage of the tournament – not just any old tournament – but the Wimbledon Championships, where the victor will be one match away from a spot in the second week of the prestigious grass court event.
Seeded fourth at this year’s Championships, Stan Wawrinka played as though he belonged in the Big Four. He faced no break points en route to a straight sets win against Joao Sousa. It was basically a repeat of their opening round match at last year’s tournament, and ended 6-2, 7-5, 7-6(3). He hit 45 winners and broke serve on six occasions to win the match in one hour and 48 minutes.
“When I was younger, up until age 19 maybe, I only played on clay, so from the baseline I needed to have time to prepared my shots,” revealed Wawrinka. “It took some time for me to feel comfortable on faster surfaces. On grass it’s important to be aggressive, play close to the baseline and pressure your opponent. I had the find the solutions over the years, and now I am able to play my best tennis on grass as well.”
Wawrinka will come up against Burgos, who defeated Benjamin Becker 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. The world No. 40 has had a historic year on the tour so far and would love to add an upset of the reigning French Open champion to his resume.
This marks the first time that Wawrinak and Burgos will cross paths on the professional tour and is a pressure-filled contest that will determine who will advance to the third round of the Wimbledon Championships. Given Wawrinka’s form, he should have little trouble downing the aged veteran.
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Straight Sets