Novak Djokovic: Wawrinka is a Big Challenge [Video]
by Tom Gainey | May 12th, 2011, 9:43 am
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In a rematch of their 2008 Internazionali BNL d’Italia final, Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka will meet up tonight for a fourth round match in Rome.

Djokovic, who is 33-0 in 2011 with 35 straight match wins now in his pocket, has won seven in a row against Wawrinka. That streak includes a 46, 63 63 win over the Swiss in the 2008 Rome final.

Wawrinka has had two wins both in three sets over Italian players to reach this stage.

The 23-year-old Djokovic could also overtake Rafael Nadal for the No. 1 ranking this week. He’s also on the chase of John McEnroe’s record best start to any season, 42-0 in 1984.


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4 Comments for Novak Djokovic: Wawrinka is a Big Challenge [Video]

jane Says:

I am glad to hear Nole is taking each of his opponents seriously. That is so important. As I said yesterday, Wawa is comfortable on Rome clay; he has been in the finals here, and he has just taken out 2 crowd favorites in Fognini and Volandri, though I didn’t see those matches. Wawa hasn’t been on a great run of form lately, (i think it was conty who said he was ill?) but it is nice to hear Nole is not underestimating him anyhow.

Go Nole! :)


nitro Says:

I´ll probably be proven wrong, but I´ll go ahead and predict it anyway: It´ll be Soderling who finishes Djokovic´s winning streak in the QF.


jane Says:

Could be? Many of us thought he looked tired today and Soda has more fire power than Wawa. I would actually prefer he rest and get ready for the FO!


kriket Says:

nitro, sorry, wrong (again?:)
it’s great though that Novak keeps proving wrong “Doubtful Thomases” around here. makes all those wins that more amusing :) that being said, I dared to predict he’d crush Muzza. maybe this time I’ll be proven wrong(?). hope not :)

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1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer2 Simona Halep
3 Andy Murray3 Maria Sharapova
4 Kei Nishikori4 Petra Kvitova
5 Stan Wawrinka5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Tomas Berdych6 Lucie Safarova
7 David Ferrer7 Ana Ivanovic
8 Rafael Nadal8 Karolina Pliskova
9 Marin Cilic9 Garbine Muguruza Blanco
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