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Rafael Nadal Vs Stanislas Wawrinka: ATP World Tour Finals 2013 Match Preview
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Former Finalist Rafael Nadal clashes with debutant Stanislas Wawrinka in their Second Round Robin Clash at the ATP World Tour Finals. With both players winning their previous Round Robin Matches, a win here would make the winner a favorite to qualify for the Knock Out Stage. Also at stake for Nadal is the year ending No.1 ranking as a victory here would mean that he would end 2013 with the Numero Uno Spot in his pocket.
After winning his 2nd US Open Title, Nadal comes into this event after a healthy indoor hard court season that saw him reach a Final (China Open) and a couple of Semifinals (Shanghai and Paris Masters). Having already won an outstanding 10 ATP World Tour Titles this year getting his tally to a total of 60, Nadal has managed compiling an inspiring 71-6 win-loss record this year.
Admitting that he was himself unsure about how his performances on hard courts would be, it astonishing to know that he has lost just three matches on the faster courts this year. Though he bowed out early at The Championships this year, the Spaniard did not let that loss pull him down as he went undefeated during the US Open Series that also included his 13th Major Title at the US Open. Not having won this tournament yet, Nadal would be aiming to get his hands on this trophy for the first time.
Quick on court and back to his crazy retrieving abilities, Nadal confessed that he worked a lot on his serve during his injury lay off and that has added another dimension to his name, dominating play on serve and getting away with a number of cheap points too. His forehand too has been really impressive as it has got more sting in it than ever, helping him get a number of easy shots to kill for outright winners.
On the opposite side of the court, Wawrinka has had an amazing 2013 season and his jump in the rankings proves it. Commencing this year ranked at No.17 on the ATP Charts, he is now ranked at No.8 in the World, a place he truly deserves being at. A formidable threat to the big guns on any given day and that too on any surface, Wawrinka proved his mettle at the Australian Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic in a marathon 5 set match in the Fourth Round.
An all court playing style, Wawrinka’s major results came on red clay this year and those started with his first final of the year at the Copa Claro. In the next few tournaments he played on clay, he reached the reached the business end of all of them (3 Finals and 2 Quarters), which included his 4th ATP Tour Title at the Portugal Open. After winning his 50th match of the season against Tomas Berdych, Wawrinka would be gunning to move into the Semifinals here and the way he has been playing in recent times, it seems highly that probable he can.
Head to head: This is the twelfth meeting between the two players with Nadal winning all their previous 11 matches. What makes things worse for Wawrinka is that he has not taken a set of the Spaniard in all those meetings, proving how well Nadal has dominated Wawrinka.
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