A highly intriguing third round contest is scheduled to take place at the 2015 edition of the Wimbledon Championships, as reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka encounters Spain’s Fernando Verdasco to determine who will advance to the second week of the prestigious grass court tournament. While the two have not stepped across the net from each other in over three years, the Wawrinka v Verdasco head-to-head series stands at 2-1.
While not at his best on Wednesday afternoon, Stan Wawrinka still had little trouble working his way into the third round of the Wimbledon Championships. He defeated Dominican Republic’s Victor Estrella Burgos in straight sets to maintain his quest for a first-ever Wimbledon trophy. The fourth seed won the match 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 31 minutes.
“It’s never easy. I wish it was, but it’s never easy. It was a good match to win. Had to play my best game. I found a way how to be focus at the end of each set,” said Wawrinka. “I was serving well again, playing generally okay. Not my best tennis, but typical second round of a Grand Slam. The only important thing is to win and it’s good to win in three sets.”
Once again, as is characteristic of the Spaniard, Fernando Verdasco required all five sets to work his way past Dominic Thiem on Wednesday. It was his second consecutive five set win, following a 13-11 finish against Klizan on Monday. He eventually beat Thiem with a decisive break in the fifth set to close out the match 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
This marks the fourth time that Wawrinka and Verdasco will meet on the professional tour, with the Spaniard leading the head-to-head series 2-1. However, this will mark their first meeting in over three years as well as their first encounter not on a clay court, which should certainly shake things up score-wise. Wawrinka should manage to level the head-to-head series on Thursday.
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Four Sets