Poll: Which Swiss Will Go Further At The French Open, Roger Federer Or Stanislas Wawrinka?
by Staff | May 13th, 2013, 11:43 am

Unfortunately it’s coming to this. The mighty Roger Federer may soon be passed by his countryman and second fiddle Stanislas Wawrinka. The younger Wawrinka is already well ahead of the 17-time Slam champion in terms of 2013 points and this season Stan has reached three finals winning in Portugal and recently finishing runner-up in Madrid yesterday.

The 31-year-old Federer has yet to even reach a final this year. And his last title came in August at Cincinnati. Roger’s Grand Slam record has been nearly impeccable, but an early loss has to come at some time.

The case for Federer:
– He’s reached 8 straight QFs or better at the French Open, and he’s a former champion
– He’s made 35 straight Grand Slam QFs – Wawrinka just 2 overall in his career
– He’s played poorly in ATP event but always steps up a level in Slams
– If they play He’s won 13 of 14 against Stan
– At least he’ll be fresh for the French, Stan might be overplaying

The case for Wawrinka:
– He’s playing the best tennis of his career, Federer clearly isn’t
– Clay is his favorite surface
– He’s reached the 4th RD in Paris the last three years – Federer might not make it that far!
– He’s back in the Top 10 this week so he’ll earn a decent seed – might avoid a Top 4 seed until QF
– He’s 3 years younger than Roger who’s had some back niggles
– Has won 25 matches this year, Roger 14
– Has 4 Top 10 wins this year, Federer just 1 (also came so close to beating Novak at Australia)

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21 Comments for Poll: Which Swiss Will Go Further At The French Open, Roger Federer Or Stanislas Wawrinka?

alison Says:

I would think that it would be a no brainer,as Roger has done it so many times before,but just recently Stan has done really well on clay and actually been the better swiss player just lately,so it would be interesting to see them battling to be the best swiss player,i think you could make a case for both,however i would say its great to actually see Stan making some noise,and been regarded as a great talented tennis player in his own right,rather than been reffered to as the swiss number 2 all the time,as im sure he must get fed up of hearing that statement.

Humble Rafa Says:

This is a poll the Best Backhand in Switzerland cannot win considering the audience. It’s not fair.

The Great Davy Says:

They both bow to The Great Davy

RZ Says:

Really hard to say without knowing where they’ll fall in the draw.

contador Says:

Voted for Federer. I am guessing that Stan will lose to Djokovic and Roger will make it further than he did in Madrid.

Federer should by all means beat Starace and get through possibly another round after that. Wawrinka has a bit tougher draw, and I am guessing he will Flame out to Djokovic this time and go get ready for Paris.

But Stanley is looking good to get a good result at FO this year.

contador Says:

Kudos to Tennis Channel providing early round live coverage of ATP 1000’s . I usually have to go to the live streams for early round coverage.

The most fun matches today in order:

Fognini over Seppi

Gulbis breezed through qualifying and kept his head on straight to beat Niemenen. As much as I don’t want to cheer for EG, his charisma and tennis draws me in.

Benoit Paire over Juan Monaco…

and the Jersy Janowicz bossing and ruling the court with his serve and forehand ( is he my replacement for the missing Soderling?) He just might be if he keeps this up.

And still to come: Raonic vs Kohlschreiber and Nishikori vs home favorite, Paolo Lorenzi!

: D pig tennis heaven today.

contador Says:

Just to add – I’m picking a Tommy Haas and RF 3rd Round match and the Feds very well could lose to Tommy, which might be good in the long run for Feds. Love FederHaas matches and Tommy has great form right now. We’ll see.

RZ Says:

^ Contador, that would be great, except for the inevitable “he can’t even beat a 35 year-old, he’s done” barbs.

Humble Rafa Says:

So far the Arrotards seem to be winning.

Kimberly Says:

Can’t say without seeing the draw really

contador Says:

lol @RZ, oh, I know. the anti-feds will swoop in like vultures :D Let them pick over my bones, I say! What do we care, RZ, we know our man is the best. ; )

Federer has more tennis miles, wear and tear in his legs than Tommy Haas. Poor Tommy was out with injuries it seemed every other year. But what is that guy on now? I mean he is supposed to be over the hill and done! He really is playing good tennis again.

Meanwhile, tennis goes on and the matches were great today. Did anyone notice? or do we just wait for the big four to take the court? If I had the choice, I would prefer tickets for the early rounds through quarterfinals over final weekend tennis. It’s exciting to see the competition developing among some players outside the top 10 who are knocking on that door; talking about, Dimitrov, Nishikori, Janowicz, Paire and even the return of old Haas, quite possibly. Then there is Fognini, who has come through with some good entertainment on clay and at FO. And truly Jersy Janowicz has some impressive firepower behind those groundstrokes that reminded me of Soderling, RZ.

harry Says:

Wrong thread, i know… But for Fed fans:


harry Says:

@Conty: did you miss Raonic or was that a considered decision to leave him out :-) ?

contador Says:

Hey harry, thanks for the link! Fed says he doesn’t want to think about the top four only either :D did you hear that?

I did watch Raonic’s match but he lost again. Mind you, he couldn’t help losing – i’m only passing him by temporarily. His star does not shine on clay as much as it does on other surfaces is all. And there are some others I like, like Dolgo, Cilic, Gasquet, ect but above I mention the ones outside the top ten that look impressive atm on clay.

harry Says:

Yeah, I noticed that… also RF appears really serious in this interview (none of his usual smiles etc); don’t you think?

contador Says:

Yeah, he is serious but I don’t know about him, harry. I wonder even if the lack of a title so far this season or what would usually serve as a motivator works any more, you know?

I guess we will see, right? I’m glad he is still in the mix. : )

harry Says:

conty: he is always in the mix :) my2c: a bit of seriousness could be the secret sauce to something big this year :)

contador Says:

The Giro d’ Italia is in its second week and a major mountain stage is tomorrow, Harry. So I have to go to bed while it’s still light to get up early and watch both tennis and Giro. All the fun is in Italy this week!

harry Says:

^– ciao!

skeezer Says:

Thanks for the link harry!

Michael Says:

For me, this year at Rolland Garros, both may manage to reach the later stages of the tournament. Although Roger is not in good form and fine fettle, he is always a different animal when it comes to majors and he has a knack of delivering surprises. I do not think he might go on to win, but I think he has a good chance to atleast make the semis. As regards Wawarinka, I am tipping him to reach the quarters in this edition.

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