Swiss No. 1 Stan Wawrinka is through to the second round of the Wimbledon Championships, where he will now face Yen-Hsun Lu for the first time on the professional circuit. Lu has been responsible for a variety of upsets recently and it will be interesting to see if he will manage another one against Wawrinka.
World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka finally secured entry into the second round at SW19 for the first time in three years when he defeated Wimbledon first-timer Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. The fifth seed managed 18 aces as well as 34 winners throughout the contest. Arriving at this year’s tournament as a Grand Slam champion, Wawrinka will be motivated to top his fourth round appearance at the event in 2008 and make a deep run into the second week of the tournament.
“I’m really happy,” said Wawrinka. “Today was a good match. It’s never easy first round in a Grand Slam. But I was quite focused, serving well, and confident with my game. I’ve been practising well for two weeks now, since before Queen’s. So it’s a perfect start.”
Yen-Hsun Lu began his week in London with a five set victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov. He won the rollercoaster contest 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 to secure his spot in the second round of the tournament on Thursday. Lu hit 9 aces, 5 double faults, 43 winners and a slightly sloppy 39 unforced errors. He actually hit 13 less aces and 15 fewer winners than his opponent Nedovyesov.
This is the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, and is a contest that should favour the Swiss No. 1. Lu is capable of putting up a serious fight but this is a match that is Wawrinka’s to lose.
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Four Sets