TennisSection previews the 2023 Rotterdam Open as Jannik Sinner takes on Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinal on Friday, February 17, 2023.
After exacting revenge on Tsitsipas, Italy’s Jannik Sinner will look to go one step further at the Rotterdam Open. But he faces another test of his title credentials when he takes on former champion Stan Wawrinka. Who will prevail?
Jannik Sinner made amends for his poor break points conversion against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open, as he eased past the Greek at the Rotterdam Open in convincing fashion. Sinner ended his four-match losing sequence against the top seed as he won 6-4 6-3 to remain on course to win his second title in a row this year. Sinner was dominant on serve, winning 89% first-serve points and was efficient behind the return this time, converting three of his four break points.
Stan Wawrinka, meanwhile, won the veteran’s clash against fellow one-hander Richard Gasquet in straight sets. Wawrinka did not face a break point in the match as his backhand tore Gasquet to shreds with some searing pace. The Swiss fired 11 aces, and won an incredulous 93% first-serve points. He also converted three of his break points to win in two identical sets – 6-3 6-3. The Swiss will be eyeing to reach a third career final at the Rotterdam Open but will need to overcome a red-hot Jannik Sinner on Friday.
Stan Wawrinka leads Jannik Sinner 2-1 in their head-to-head, although Sinner won their last meeting at last year’s Wimbledon in four sets. The young Italian solved the Tsitsipas riddle for the first time in five tries to reach the last eight at the Rotterdam Open. His game is firing on all cylinders and will he will try to maximize his weight of shot and footspeed to outmuscle Wawrinka from the baseline. But the Swiss won’t go down without a fight.
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