Preview: Federer v. Wawrinka, Nadal v. Nishikori In Roland Garros QFs
Third seed Federer leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with No. 24 seed Wawrinka 22-3. He's won their past six matches, including a third-round victory this March at the BNP Paribas Open. Although the series may appear one-sided, Wawrinka scored all three of his wins on clay, including a quarter-final victory en route to the title here in 2015. It’s a match Federer knows he can’t take lightly.
“We know each other very well and we have played a ton of matches against each other,” said Federer. “If I think back at the [2014 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters] final, Roland Garros in 2015 and then also he beat me another time in Monte-Carlo [in 2009], on clay, it's definitely been more dangerous than on any other surface for me against him.”
Federer is through to the last eight without dropping a set and showing no signs that this is his first appearance here since 2015. He’s been especially efficient on serve and is tied with Novak Djokovic for most service games won among the remaining eight players.
Serving Stats Of 2019 Roland Garros Quarter-finalists
||Serve Games Won||Break Points Faced
|Roger Federer||54 of 56 (96%)||13|
|Novak Djokovic||50 of 52 (96%)||9|
|Rafael Nadal||52 of 56 (93%)||13|
||70 of 77 (91%)
||68 of 76 (80%)
||55 of 64 (86%)
||68 of 86 (79%)
||63 of 80 (79%)
**Serving stats courtesy of SMT
Wawrinka is competing in his first Grand Slam quarter-final since finishing runner-up here in 2017 (l. to Nadal). His five-set, fourth-round classic on Sunday against Stefanos Tsitsipas is the fourth-longest match in tournament history at five hours and nine minutes. Prior to that, Wawrinka scored impressive straight-sets victories over Cristian Garin and Grigor Dimitrov.
The 34-year-old Swiss had made it clear that he won’t be content with only going deep in the draw and is aiming for a fourth Grand Slam title. Although he admits his record against Federer doesn't look ideal on paper, Wawrinka will walk on court believing he can win.
“To play Roger in the quarter-finals is amazing for me... He’s still playing so well and is the best player ever to play our sport. It’s going to be a big challenge for me,” said Wawrinka. “I didn’t beat him many times in my career, but I did once here and it was a special day for me… I love this kind of challenge and I’m going to do my best to play my best tennis.”
Nadal leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Nishikori 10-2 and has won all four of their meetings on clay. The Spaniard holds a staggering 90-2 record at the second major of the year and appears primed to win a 12th title at this event. He lifted his 34th ATP Masters 1000 title last month at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia (d. Djokovic).
Nishikori is into the quarter-finals here for the third time and seeks his maiden trip to the last four. The Japanese endured back-to-back five-set wins over Laslo Djere and Benoit Paire in his past two matches. He’s now won eight consecutive five-set matches and holds the best record in the Open Era for winning deciding sets (75%, 132 of 177).
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ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, 4 JUNE 2019