ATP Kuala Lumpur QFs: Stanislas Wawrinka vs Dmitry Tursunov Preview

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Malaysia Open

The only all-seed match of the quarter finals sees No.2 Stanislas Wawrinka (Player Profile) take on No.6 Dmitry Tursunov (Player Profile) in what promises to be an intriguing encounter. At the age of 30, Tursunov is having one of the best years of his career which has seen him move back into the top 40 when this time last year he was spending much of his time on the Challenger circuit. Tursunov leads the Head to Head with 1-0.

Tursunov has breezed through his first two rounds bagelling Rajeev Ram on his way to a 7-5 6-0 victory just before the rising Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta was also sent packing in straight sets 6-2 6-4.

Meanwhile, Wawrinka dealt with the dangerous threat of Marcos Baghdatis with little trouble as he defeated the Cypriot 6-1 7-5. For someone of the talent that the Swiss has, his indoor record is so-so with very few statement wins to shout about. He mainly suffered losses to greats like Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer in the past 18 months and should posess more than enough firepower to deal with the Russian player.

Tursunov does lead the head to head 1-0, although the significance of a win on hard courts 5 years ago in Australia should bear little impact on this match. The step up in class from recent opponents may be too much for Tursunov who only last week found himself on the wrong end of a two set match to Joao Sousa.

Prediction: Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets

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