Damir Dzumhur vs. Stan Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Friday September 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Wawrinka -222 / Dzumhur +170 -- Over/Under:
Stan Wawrinka and Damir Dzumhur meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis St. Petersburg Open.
Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Karen Khachanov that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 73 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka won 66 percent of his total service points and was disciplined enough to win two tiebreaks. Wawrinka has now won nine of his last 12 matches, easily the best he’s looked since his return and there are clear signs he’s close to being the player he was before the injuries. When Wawrinka is serving well and hitting his spots with his shotmaking, he’s one of the top players in the world and capable of winning any title. Hopefully Wawrinka can continue to build on these winning performances. Wawrinka has split his last six matches on indoor hard court.
Damir Dzumhur is coming off a straight sets win over Guido Pella that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Dzumhur won 64 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Dzumhur won 63 percent of his total service points and produced four breaks on five break points. Dzumhur entered this tournament losing seven of his last nine matches, as he was having issues with his serve and produced seven double faults in his opening loss in the US Open. These victories have to do wonders for Dzumhur and his confidence, but a drastic increase in competition will give us a much better idea where he’s at with his game overall. Dzumhur has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since Turkey. Dzumhur has won four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Dubai of 2017, a match Dzumhur won in straight sets. The match took 22 games to be decided.
Wawrinka not only has the advantage with the extra day of rest, but he’s showing more consistency of returning to the player he was before the injuries. When Wawrinka is playing even at 75 percent, he’s capable of beating just about anybody you put in front of him. Dzumhur was struggling drastically before this tournament, so it takes more than two matches for me to ignore that form. Wawrinka should control most points with his power and his shotmaking ability will be the difference.
Wawrinka reaches the semifinals.