Match: Illya Marchenko vs. Stan Wawrinka Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Monday, 05 September, 2016
Illya Marchenko will play in the 2nd week of a Major for the first time in his career.
His opponent in the 4th round will be world number 3 Stan Wawrinka. Marchenko reached to this match with two easy wins in the first two rounds and because of Kyrgios suffering from an injury in the 3rd round. He injured himself at the end of the 2nd set when he had the commanding lead – 6:4 4:4.
But we shouldn’t belittle the huge achievement of the Ukrainian. Stan had also two routine straight-sets wins in the first two rounds but after that, he played an epic 5-setter versus Daniel Evans when he managed to win after being 1-2 down. He definitely didn’t play his best tennis because he made too many errors mainly on the backhand, he missed too much break points.
But he showed great spirit and fought back from 3-5 in the 4th set tiebreak, and he even saved match point. And now we can fairly say that he will have an easier opponent , at least on paper. Their only meeting occurred in Indian Wells this year the Stan won 6:3 6:2. I expect Stan to win this match in 4 sets maximum as he needs to be fresh for a possibly huge battle against Thiem or Del Potro in the next round.