Rosol vs. Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Friday May 20, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Stan Wawrinka and Lukas Rosol meet Friday in the semifinal of the 2016 Geneva Open.
Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Pablo Carreno Busta that took 16 games to decide. Wawrinka is quickly finding his form again after dropping just six games this tournament. Remember, Wawrinka headed into Geneva in poor form after losing three of his last four matches and struggling big time with unforced errors. Wawrinka has looked really sharp in his last two matches and is showing why he’s a threat to defend his title at the upcoming French Open. Wawrinka hopes to make his third final appearance this season and first since the Dubai Championships back in February. Wawrinka has split his last 14 semifinal appearances.
Lukas Rosol is coming off a three set victory over Andrey Kuznetsov that took 21 games to decide. Rosol dominated the final two sets of the match and dropped just one game. Rosol has been very impressive in this tournament after beating a top-20 player and now a top-40 player in three hard fought sets. It’s been awhile since Rosol has had any real major singles success, so getting his fourth career win over a top-10 player would certainly be huge for the 30-year-old. Rosol hopes to make his fifth career final and first since the 2014 Winston-Salem Open. Rosol has won his last six semifinal appearances when you include Challenger play.
These two have played three times in the past, and Wawrinka has won all meetings in three sets. The most recent match was in this year's Australian Open, a match that lasted 30 games. This will be the second time these two play on clay court.
Wawrinka has a huge rest advantage over Rosol who has had to use a ton of energy just to get to this point. Wawrinka is also the better player here and has the clear head to head advantage.
There’s no reason why Wawrinka shouldn’t win this match and the tournament overall.