The first round action at the 2020 St. Petersburg Open will have three time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka play Britain’s number one Dan Evans in a clash of single handed backhands on Monday or Tuesday, October 12 or 13. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Stan Wawrinka v Dan Evans match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
Looking to watch the St. Petersburg Open live streaming online?
- For tennis fans in the UK, Europe, Australia & elsewhere go to bet365 > Tennis > Live Streaming here* to watch & bet on the ATP & WTA tennis live.
- Get all the other French Open Live Streaming Options Here
*Geo-restrictions apply & pre-funded account needed
Stan Wawrinka v Dan Evans Head to Head
This is the fourth meeting between the two players. Wawrinka has won all three meetings thus far, on hard courts and on grass.
Wawrinka Looking For Consistency in Season
Since his return to the tour in 2018-2019, it has been a steadily improving Stan Wawrinka, following his injury issues. In 2019, he was a quarter-finalist at both the French & US Open, and had some crucial wins against the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov and most importantly Novak Djokovic. He also returned to the top 20 of the ATP rankings.
As 2020 started, Wawrinka looked like getting back to his best. A semi-final at Doha was followed by quarter-final appearances at both the Australian Open and the Acapulco ATP 500, and among other wins included the scalp of Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne.
The 2015 French Open champion did not have the best return to clay on the main tour, with an opening round loss in Rome to Lorenzo Musetti, the rising Italian teenager. However, he got his French Open campaign off to a thunderous start with a very convincing win against former world number one Andy Murray
Up against an old and familiar opponent in Andy Murray, Wawrinka’s opener was the statement clash of Day One at Roland Garros. However, the match turned out to be among the most one sided with Murray only winning six games in what turned out to be a straight sets route. After looking good for a deep run at the French Open, the Swiss lost in a five set tussle with little known Frenchman Hugo Gaston in the third round.
The inconsistencies in the Wawrinka game deter and he will be hoping to sort that for the rest of the season as he continues his desire to return back to the top ten in the rankings.
Evans Hoping To Get 2020 Back on Track
2019 was a strong year for Britain’s number one seed Dan Evans. Evans registered wins across the ATP and Challenger tours, and won two Challengers at Nottingham and Sorbiton on grass, in the UK. 2020 started off well for Evans with a good showing at the ATP Cup, a quarter-final showing at Adelaide and a semi-final in Dubai.
Breaking into the top 30 of the world rankings right before the Covid-19 hiatus, Evans promised a lot upon his return to the tour with a win against Andrey Rublev at the Western & Southern Open. However, second round losses followed at both Western & Southern and at the US Open, and the return to clay was disappointing as well.
On his least favorite surface, i,.e. clay, Evans saw an opening round loss to Hubert Hurkacz in Rome, followed by a loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Hamburg opener. Evans’ record on clay is not particularly encouraging as he has never been past the first round of the French Open and a first round battle against Kei Nishikori at Roland Garros ended in a similar outcome.
Back to the indoor and hard season, Evans will find the surface more suitable and look to end 2020 on a strong note, like he did in 2019.
Wawrinka v Evans Prediction and Tip
A clash between a lot of similarities awaits us; two single handed backhands, two players with ebbs and flows in their season and both in search of consistency to move up in the rankings. Expect a tussle and one that will go the distance. The more experienced Swiss to clinch it in a decider.
Tip: Wawrinka to win in three sets: 3/1 (bet365)