Wawrinka rolls back years to set up Djokovic clash

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Wawrinka rolls back years to set up Djokovic clash

Stan Wawrinka, the 38-year-old Swiss tennis player, demonstrated his enduring class and temporary form by defeating seeded Argentine Tomas Etcheverry in the second round of Wimbledon. Despite his advancing age, Wawrinka outperformed his 23-year-old opponent, securing a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-2 victory on Court Three. This marks Wawrinka’s first appearance in the third round of a Grand Slam in three years. His reward is a highly anticipated match against defending champion Novak Djokovic, whom he famously defeated in the 2015 French Open final. Wawrinka, ranked 88th, has faced early exits in his last six Grand Slam tournaments, making this victory all the more significant. Reflecting on his win, Wawrinka expressed his satisfaction with his improved performance and his determination to continue striving for success.

While Wimbledon has not been Wawrinka’s most successful tournament, with only two quarter-final runs, he has now reached the third round for the first time since 2015. His upcoming match against Djokovic, who is aiming for his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title and eighth overall, presents a formidable challenge. Djokovic currently leads their head-to-head record 20-6, but they have never faced each other on grass. Wawrinka acknowledges the difficulty of the task ahead but is grateful for the opportunity to compete against Djokovic on this surface. He is prepared to give his all and hopes to elevate his game to a level that will allow him to be competitive.

To have any chance of halting Djokovic’s pursuit of a 24th Grand Slam title, Wawrinka will need to utilize all his skills, particularly his renowned backhand. This stroke has proven effective against Djokovic in the past, notably during their encounters at the 2015 Roland Garros and the 2016 U.S. Open finals. In addition to his backhand, Wawrinka showcased his powerful forehand and relied on his experience to outmaneuver Etcheverry on the court. Although he faced a brief setback in the second set, Wawrinka regained control by breaking serve in the third set and ultimately secured a comfortable victory.

In conclusion, Stan Wawrinka’s impressive performance at Wimbledon has earned him a place in the third round, where he will face Novak Djokovic. Despite his age, Wawrinka’s class and determination have propelled him to this stage of the tournament. He recognizes the challenge posed by Djokovic but remains optimistic about his chances. To succeed, Wawrinka will need to rely on his exceptional backhand and draw upon his experience.

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