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Wawrinka vs Dzumhur ATP Geneva Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Wawrinka begins quest for third Geneva title

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 21 May 2019
  • Stan Wawrinka vs Damir Dzumhur is live from Geneva on Wednesday, 22 May from 6:00pm local time/ 5:00pm BST
  • Wawrinka and Dzumhur are tied at 1-1 on head-to-head
Stan Wawrinka. (Foto Antonietta Baldassarre / Insidefoto/Sipa USA) (credit: Stan Wawrinka (PA Spot))

Stan Wawrinka begins his bid for a third Geneva title when he takes on Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur in the second round in Wednesday.

Wawrinka has featured in every edition of the Geneva Open since the tournament returned to the Swiss city in 2015, reaching at least the quarter finals in each of the previous four editions. His two titles were in 2016 and 2017, when he defeated Marin Cilic and Mischa Zverev in the respective finals. 

Wawrinka hasn't won a title since that Geneva success, and partly responsible for that drought was a knee injury that kept him out of the sport in the second half of that 2017 season. The former world No. 3 underwent multiple surgeries in his injured knee, and he struggled badly in his return to the tour in 2018, winning just six matches between January and July, and tumbling to 263rd in the rankings in the process. He did a terrific job of climbing back to 66th by the end of the year, and the rebuilding has continued through this season. 

Wawrinka is 15-10 for the year, with his best result being a runner-up finish to Gael Monfils in Rotterdam. He played some excellent tennis in that tournament, beating Benoit Paire, Milos Raonic, Denis Shapovalov and Kei Nishikori to get to the championship match. He has also made quarter finals in Doha, Acapulco and Madrid, where he looked in excellent touch in dispatching Guido Pella and Nishikori, and was widely expected to push Rafael Nadal hard in the last eight. That never happened, as the Swiss No. 2 was spared just three games by the King of Clay. He then suffered another poor defeat against David Goffin in his most recent outing in Rome, where, after taking the first set, he completely lost his way in a 4-6 6-0 6-2 defeat.

Can the Swiss, now ranked 27th in the world, put together some good wins in Geneva, and take some momentum into Roland Garros?

He opens his campaign against Damir Dzumhur on Wednesday.

It has been a very difficult season for Dzumhur, who has won just four main draw matches all year, the latest, a hard-fought 6-7 6-4 7-5 victory over Feliciano Lopez in two and a half hours in his Geneva opener on Tuesday. The Bosnian had come through two rounds of qualifying, beating Jc Aragone and Tommy Paul to get into the main draw.

Dzumhur's other wins this season have come in Rotterdam, where he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas and Mikhail Kukushkin to reach the quarter finals (lost to Gael Monfils), and Miami, beating Christopher Eubanks before withdrawing from a scheduled second round meeting with Marco Cecchinato because of a back injury. Co-incidentally, his next tournament in Monte Carlo pitted him against Cecchinato, and again he could not finish the match, as he retired while trailing 4-0. Monte Carlo was one of six first round exits he's had this year, the others being Doha, Melbourne, Marseille, Dubai and Indian Wells. Overall, he is 4-8 for the season.

Dzumhur has been ranked as high as 23rd in the world- a position he attained last July after winning the Antalya title- his third career title, adding to his St. Petersburg and Moscow crowns in 2017. He did not do much outside that title run in Antalya last season, making just the one other semi-final in Los Cabos and ending the year at 47th in the world. He has drifted further down in 2019, and arrived Geneva ranked 57th in the world.

Dzumhur and Wawrinka have split their two previous meetings, with the Bosnian winning in Dubai in 2017, and Wawrinka responding with victory in St. Petersburg last season.

Dzumhur may be having a poor season, but he has still got the counterpunching skills to make Wawrinka hit a lot of balls, and if the local favourite is as wayward as he was against Nadal in Madrid and Goffin in Rome, he could be in for a frustrating evening. Wawrinka remains the favourite, and if he gets out something close to the level he produced in the early rounds of the Madrid Open, the three-time Grand Slam winner will have too much quality for Dzumhur.

Stan Wawrinka vs Damir Dzumhur is live from Geneva on Wednesday, 22 May from 6:00pm local time/ 5:00pm BST

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Wawrinka vs Dzumhur ATP Geneva Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Wawrinka begins quest for third Geneva title

Stan Wawrinka starts his bid for a third Geneva title on Wednesday as he takes on Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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