2015 Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka will play resurgent Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the 2019 French Open on Friday, May 31. The timings for this match are yet to be confirmed. You can find the Stan Wawrinka v Cristian Garin live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Stan Wawrinka v Grigor Dimitrov Head to Head
Wawrinka and Dimitrov have played each other eight times and split their wins at 4-4. The Bulgarian though leads in their clay-court meetings (2-1), the last of which came in Madrid in 2015.
Wawrinka Outclassed In-Form Garin
Stan Wawrinka was widely tipped to struggle against the in-form Chilean Cristian Garin in the second round. There was little argument to suggest Wawrinka would coast through in straight sets bearing in mind that Garin had been in the form of his life when he arrived in Paris (2 titles and 19 match-wins on clay).
But not only did Wawrinka outclass Garin in straight sets, he only gave away five games. Points won on second serves were as high as 67%. It was brutal display and hard lesson for Garin, but one which he will learn plenty.
For the Swiss superstar, he now has the undivided attention of tennis world. He was pegged at 80/1 to win the title prior to the start of tournament, however, that will surely change as he embarks on another winnable round.
Dimtrov Beat Cilic in a Thriller
One year can change a lot of things in tennis. A year ago, Laver Cup was not an official event on the ATP calender. The ATP Cup was still in its early stages of formation. Novak Djokovic had not yet begun his second reincarnation. The list could go on and on. But perhaps surprisingly, last year’s French Open had Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov as the No.3 and No.4 seeds respectively.
Both players struggled for consistency and form for nearly 18 months. For the case of Dimitrov, that victory over Cilic in the second-round was hugely significant and it could not have come at a better time. the Bulgarian mixed aggression and finesse from the baseline for the best part of four and half hours.
Can that result begin another ascent in the rankings for the former Wimbledon semifinalist? Possibly yes. Dimitrov came to Roland Garros this year on the back of three successive first round defeats (Madrid, Rome and Geneva).
He split with long-time coach Dani Vallverdu in Madrid. His ranking was so low he had to play in the qualifiers in Geneva. He is yet to win a title since capturing the Nitto ATP Finals in 2017 and if there was catalyst to ignite his resurgence, he could well have found it in his terrific five-set win over Cilic.
Wawrinka v Dimitrov Predictions & Tips
Wawrinka demolished Garin in a display most people never saw coming. But that is what happens when the best players decide to turn it on. Dimitrov has attained a couple of confidence-boosting wins in five sets over Tipsarevic and then Cilic. You would expect the Bulgarian to have sore feet in this one and perhaps a bit lackluster against a fresh Wawrinka.
Tip: Wawrinka to win: 4/11 (888Sport)