Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Emil Ruusuvuori Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 08, 2022 18:00 CET
Stanislas Wawrinka played his last match on hard courts 17 months ago in Doha and now he faces a tough challenge against Emil Ruusuvuori.
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In the period of dominance by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka managed to win three Grand Slams. In 2014, he defeated Nadal in the Australian Open final, although the Spaniard had problems with an injury in that match. Over next two years, Wawrinka defeated Djokovic in the final at Roland Garros and US Open, both times in four sets.
In the following years, huge injury problems followed for Wawrinka. He had knee surgery few times, while last year he also had surgery on his foot. After a break of exactly 12 months, Wawrinka returned to tennis in March at the Marbella Challenger where he lost to Elias Ymer in first round. At the Rome Masters, he achieved two wins against Reilly Opelka and Laslo Djere, while at Roland Garros and Wimbledon he was eliminated already after first match.
Montreal Masters will be Wawrinka’s first tournament on hard courts since Doha 17 months ago. Although it is a long time, the Swiss will certainly be ready. Wawrinka is far from his best days, however he can still play a good match every now and then.
Finnish tennis player Emil Ruusuvuori reached 42nd place on the ATP ranking this year, which is the best position in his career. He also played his first ATP final back in February where was defeated in Pune by Joao Sousa in three sets. Ruusuvuori continued with good results during the clay court season as well.
He recorded three wins at the Monte Carlo Masters (including two triumphs in qualifying), while he also achieved two wins on the ATP tournaments in Barcelona and Munich. Ruusuvuori confirmed during June that he can play equally well on all surfaces. The Finn produced some very good results on grass, especially in Queens where he recorded four victories before losing to Marin Cilic.
Last week, Ruusuvuori also played very well at the ATP 500 tournament in Washington. He defeated Mackenzie McDonald and Hubert Hurkacz before losing to Mikael Ymer in the third round. Considering all circumstances, he will be favorite against Stanislas Wawrinka, although this challenge won’t be easy at all.
Stanislas Wawrinka and Emil Ruusuvuori never played against each other in the past. This will be their first clash.
Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Emil Ruusuvuori Prediction
Wawrinka put up strong resistance in almost all matches this year. He played well against Janik Sinner at Wimbledon in the first two sets when he had strength. It was similar in few other matches before that. He didn’t play official tournaments in last four weeks, so he will surely be able to produce one solid match against Ruusuvuori. That should be enough to cover four games handicap.
Date and Time: 08.08.2022 18:00 CET
Pick: Wawrinka +4 games