Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic will be going head-to-head for the fifth time in their careers when they collide in round four of the Australian Open on Monday afternoon. Wawrinka has won all four of their previous encounters, including three on hard courts (two outdoors). But every one has featured at least one tiebreaker, their first showdown went to three sets (Cincinnati in 2012), and their most recent tilt resulted in a 7-6(3), 7-6(7) scoreline (Rotterdam in 2015). Check out the Wawrinka vs Raonic Head to Head results.
“He’s (a) tough player, for sure,” the Swiss assessed of Raonic. “(I’ve) never lost, but (it has) always been tough. He’s been playing really good. In general, I always find some solution to break his serve, even (though it) is really tough. We’ll see. Hopefully I can be ready and be strong enough to take that one.”
An extremely competitive–and high-quality–contest should be in the cards for Rod Laver Arena on Monday. Both players are in absolutely ruthless form to begin the season. Wawrinka captured a fourth Chennai title and so far in Melbourne he has taken out Dmitry Tursunov, Radek Stepanek, and Lukas Rosol in routine fashion. Raonic upset Roger Federer to lift the winner’s trophy in Brisbane. The big-serving Canadian has not dropped a set this fortnight in defeats of Lucas Pouille, Tommy Robredo, and Viktor Troicki.
The Sunday afternoon contest in Rod Laver Arena between Novak Djokovic and Gilles Simon saw 168 unforced errors spray off the two rackets (100 courtesy of Djokovic). This match, on the other hand, will likely produce winners at the same alarming rate. Count on a great match, with an edge going to Wawrinka given his prowess in Melbourne. The world No. 4 won the title in 2014 and has not lost to anyone except Djokovic (and to no one in fewer than five sets) since 2012.
Prediction – Wawrinka in five sets