Stanislas Wawrinka is aiming to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final when he squares off against defending champion Andy Murray in today’s US Open quarter-final clash. The Brit leads the Head to Head with 8-5.
Wawrinka has improved his game level in New York and after disappointing performances in Montreal and Cincinnati, Stan is producing his best tennis. Despite being the underdog, the Swiss was able to come back from a set down against 5th seed Tomas Berdych in the previous round, showing all his shot making ability as he fired 36 winners throughout the match.
Murray is playing for the first time in a Slam as the defending champion and his last match proved to be a tough test against Denis Istomin. Andy also had to recover from being a set behind and struggled with his second serve, winning only 51% of points after it found it’s mark. Even so, the Brit managed to wrap up the match in four sets, claiming his 11th straight win in Flushing Meadows.
Murray leads the H2H 8 – 5, with 5 – 2 on Hard Court. Their last meeting was this year at the Monte Carlo Masters and Wawrinka crushed the Scot 6-1 6-2. However, that match was played in very different conditions from this one. First of all, it was on clay and Murray has never been able to produce his best tennis on this surface, plus Andy was struggling with a back injury that forced him to withdraw from Roland Garros. The matches between the two have always been highly competitive and this should also be a fiery battle as the stakes are high. Wawrinka’s powerful groundstrokes against Murray’s impressive defensive skills – which one will prevail in the end?
Despite playing high quality tennis, Wawrinka’s game may not be enough to beat Murray, whose forehand has improved in the last few months and he is becoming a much more complete player. The Brit should claim his semi-final place and set up a well awaited clash against Novak Djokovic (should the Serb also emerge victorious against Mikhail Youzhny).