French Open 2018- Stan Wawrinka
what are Stan Wawrinkas chances?
With the French Open just around the corner, we take a look at the chances of swiss superstar Stan Wawrinka.
Wawrinka has endured a difficult 2018, coming back from a long injury layoff after Wimbledon 2017, just to take another 3-month break after a disappointing start of 2018. Following his comeback, Wawrinka has faired little better, losing in straight sets in Rome to Steve Johnson in his first match back. This week, Stan played in Geneva, and lost in the quarter finals 6-4, 6-0 to Marton Fucsovics, a player ranked 60 in the world.
It is safe to say that based on this situation, there is not too much optimism for Wawrinka to go far this year.
However, there is hope on the horizon. In 2015, Wawrinka also had a sub-par clay court season, never reaching beyond a semi-final. However, when he reached Paris, Wawrinka’s level of play drastically increased, possibly playing the best match of his life in the final, crushing Novak Djokovic’s dreams for one more year. A rewatch of the highlights from this match is recommended and shows the stratospheric levels that he has been able to reach. Despite this fact however, Wawrinka was in a much better position going into Roland Garros. This year, Wawrinka will be focusing on staying healthy and starting to build confidence in his game, over making a deep run.
Looking towards Paris, Wawrinka has found himself in a dangerous section of the draw. While second seed Alexander Zverev potentially lies in wait in the 4th round, Wawrinka will be focused on the challenges that await him in the 1st and 2nd round. Guillermo Garcia Lopez, a tricky clay court player, lies in wait in the first round. more intimidating is a potential matchup with young Russian Karen Khachanov in the second round, who, despite not having a hugely impressive clay court season, will have a lot to prove in the French capital.
Prediction- second round loss to Karen Khachanov