Following solid showings in their respective fourth round matches, Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet will meet at the All England Club to determine who will advance to the semi-final stage of the prestigious Grand Slam event. This is just the third meeting between the two and will serve as a rubber match to separate the 1-1 head-to-head series. Wawrinka won their more recent match-up at the 2013 French Open, while Gasquet’s win took place nine years ago in Paris.
World No. 4 Stan Wawrinka found himself in a competitive battle against David Goffin and was able to find his best tennis late in the match when he needed it to edge out the straight sets victory against the Belgian. He won the match 7-6(3), 7-6(7), 6-4.
“It was a tough one,” said Wawrinka. “I’m really happy with the victory, especially in three sets. I wasn’t moving great. I was a little bit soft in general. But I’m happy to get through. It’s an important victory for me.”
France’s Richard Gasquet found himself facing some Déjà vu when he saw Nick Kyrgios attempt a comeback similar to their previous meeting last the same event last season. Fortunately for him, a terrible concluding point from Kyrgios allowed Gasquet to close out the match 7-5, 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(6).
“I’m very happy to be back in the quarter-finals,” said Gasquet. “I lost many times in a Grand Slam in a fourth round. It’s very good for me to be here in the quarter-finals. Now we will see what will happens. I am feeling good.”
Wawrinka and Gasquet will meet for just the third ever encounter between them, and it will serve as a rubber match to separate the 1-1 head-to-head series. Wawrinka won their more recent match-up at the 2013 French Open, while Gasquet’s win took place nine years ago in Paris. Given Wawrinka’s recent stretch of confident performances and meteoric rise up the ranks, he should be able to find his way into the final four at Wimbledon.
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Four Sets