Stan Wawrinka vs. Aljaz Bedene
|Date & Time||Monday September 17, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Stan Wawrinka and Aljaz Bedene meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis St. Petersburg Open.
Stan Wawrinka is coming off a third round appearance at the US Open and has won seven of his last 10 matches. It’s easily the best Wawrinka has looked since returning from his injuries, as he’s serving with much more confidence and has been hitting his winners like we’re used to seeing. It’s just a matter of cleaning up the unforced errors and stopping the sloppy play overall. Of course, Wawrinka is always going to be hit or miss due to his style and shotmaking aggressiveness, but a lot of his recent mistakes will be improved as he gets more matches under his belt. Wawrinka is the dark horse contender in this tournament if you’re looking at possible future bets. Wawrinka has lost three straight matches on indoor hard court.
Aljaz Bedene is coming off a five set loss in the first round of the US Open, a match in which he had 22 aces and saved 10 of his 17 break points. Bedene has lost eight of his last 11 matches and gives his opponent far too many break points for somebody who is capable of blasting so many free points with the serve. It’s going to be interesting to see how Bedene turns things around given that he’s playing on a surface that should fit his style. As long as he takes care of his serve, Bedene gives himself a chance to beat anybody in this draw. Bedene has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Wawrinka has won two of those matches. The most recent meeting was in 2015 in India, a match Wawrinka won in straight sets.
Wawrinka has had little trouble with Bedene in the past, and he’s playing his best tennis by far since his return. Assuming Wawrinka can build on his recent success and inches closer to being the top-10 player he’s capable of being, Bedene doesn’t stand much of a chance. On a fast indoor hard court and with his shotmaking skills, Wawrinka should control majority of the points in this match.
Wawrinka wins a tight two set match.