In a interesting case of Déjà vu, French Open champion Stan Wawrinka will walk onto SW19 for the first time this season to face the same player that he did at the start of last year’s tournament, Joao Sousa. It will mark the third time the two Europeans will meet on the World Tour, and could make for an exciting battle for the crowd at SW19. Check out the Wawrinka vs Sousa Head to Head.
Coming off a remarkable run at the French Open, where he put his first round loss in 2014 to shame with a fantastic fortnight in Paris to lift his second Grand Slam title in as many years, many believed that Wawrinka would have some trouble in his early transition onto clay. However, that was certainly far from the case on Tuesday, as he began his Aegon Championships campaign with a straight sets win against Nick Kyrgios. However, he was unable to maintain that pace, as he lost his following mach to Kevin Anderson and is yet to play another grass court contest.
Immediatley following his loss to Andy Murray in the second round of the French Open, Soua transitioned onto grass, where he has compiled a 2-3 record ahead of his first match at Wimbledon. He won one match each at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Nottingham but was ousted in the opening round of the Aegon Championships.
This is the third time that Sousa and Wawrinka will meet on the ATP World Tour and it could make for a very interesting contest. While Wawrinka won their last two meetings on the tour last season at Wimbledon and this year in Madrid, the Portuguese player could prove to be a challenge this time around. Given that Wawrinka always shown some inconsistencies with his performances, this could be one of the tournament’s early upsets.
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Four Sets
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