Stan Wawrinka and Viktor Troicki meet in the third round of the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne. The match is the first to be held tonight on Rod Laver Arena.
Stanislas Wawrinka survived the first round of matches Klizan tensioned, which passed just winning the deciding set. He entered the field with more determination in the match against Steve Johnson on Wednesday. The game has been more accurate. The service was impeccable, Johnson failing any break. The champion of the Australian Open in 2014 ended the match in less than two hours: 6-3 6-4 6-4. Level of play or was good and showed an increased concentration in the important moments.
This would not be the first time Wawrinka went through hard times, as in the match in the first round for overcoming the difficulties to offer him to get fuel for subsequent performance. In the third round at the US Open he saved a match point and then to win the title. We could see something similar here, especially after Djokovic was defeated.
Viktor Troicki favorite number is 29 at the Australian Open. Although it reached number 12 in the world, he had outstanding results at grand slam tournaments. The best performances were two qualifiers in round four at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. Artificial surface at Melbourne will play for the fourth time in round three. Troicki is a good player, but often lacks diversity blows. After two games in which he played five sets each with Dzumhur and Lorenzi, this tournament seems to have come to an end for proper Troicki.
Head to head
Stanislas Wawrinka won all seven matches against Viktor Troicki official played so far. In 2015 Stan with Troicki won both games: a 3-1 Rolland Garros and a 2-0 on the hard drive from St. Petersburg. The most recent meeting was held in Brisbane, just two weeks ago. The game ended with the Swiss 7-6 6-4. Wawrinka was the first game of this year.
Serbian won only a demonstration tour of four years ago.
It is hard to see what could make Troicki differently to get a first win with Wawrinka. In arsenal seems to have nothing to execute his Swiss constant problems. I expect Wawrinka to obtain qualification to the next round.