Australian Open - Andy Roddick vs Stanislas Wawrinka Preview

Stanislas Wawrinka and Peter Lundgren at ATP Toronto. (credit: Shane Lambert)
Wawrinka is 2-1 against Roddick but both of the Swiss's victories were via retirement.

The 2011 Australian Open is getting to the meat and one of the anticipated matches on Day 7 will be between Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Roddick. The fourth round match at Melbourne Park takes place in Roger Federer's quarter and that is who the winner is most likely to face in the quarterfinals.

Technically Wawrinka, the Swiss number 2, owns a 2-1 record against Roddick but the American handed both wins over as he retired at Rome 2008 and Shanghai 2009. The one match between them that played out in its entirety was a straight sets victory for Roddick in Davis Cup play in 2009.

Wawrinka, a former top 10 player, is once again playing like he belongs in the upper echelon of the ATP rankings. Monfils, who beat Federer in late 2010, had nothing against Wawrinka in the third round of Melbourne with the exception of some strong play through most of the first set. Wawrinka outclassed his French opponent however and the Swiss is 9-0 in sets played at Melbourne Park this season.

Roddick is definitely the more experienced player as he's made the semifinals 4 times in Melbourne however his Slam results are slipping. His quarterfinal result from Melbourne Park a year ago was as good as it got for the top ranked American in 2010 and he's in clear danger against Wawrinka.

Their match is the night capper from Rod Laver Arena on Day 7 and for tennis fans in the USA, that makes it a very late Saturday night match or even a very early Sunday morning contest.

Wawrinka should be taking Roddick out here as the American may be starting to fade.
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