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Wawrinka vs Evans ATP Queen's Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Wawrinka faces in-form Evans in Queen's opener

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 19 Jun 2019
  • Stan Wawrinka vs Dan Evans is live from Queen's on Wednesday, 19 June from 1:30pm local time/ 1:30pm BST
  • Wawrinka leads the head-to-head 2-0
Stan Wawrinka (PA Sport)

Stan Wawrinka faces a tough start to his grass court season as he plays in-form Brit, Dan Evans in the first round of the Fever Tree Championships at Queen's on Wednesday.

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Wawrinka produced a very high level of tennis at Roland Garros- arguably his best since his return from knee surgeries- reaching the quarter finals before running out of steam against Roger Federer in a four-set loss. He may need to maintain similar levels at Queen’s on Wednesday as he runs into Evans, who is coming off consecutive Challenger titles on grass.

After coming through a shaky opener against Jozef Kovalik at Roland Garros, a rampant Wawrinka blew away the rising Chilean, Cristian Garin for the loss of just five games in the second round, before holding his nerve to edge past Grigor Dimitrov in three tie breaks in Round 3. Then came that epic against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round. For over five hours, the 2015 French Open champion exchanged full blooded slogs with the Greek pretender, but it was the Swiss who squeezed through in the end, punctuating an excellent contest with a backhand slice pass on match point.

Wawrinka had arrived Roland Garros on a three-match losing streak, but he once again underlined his appetite for the big stage in Paris, powering to the quarter finals before losing to Federer.

Generally, it's been a topsy-turvy season for the Swiss- he's made a final in Rotterdam (lost to Gael Monfils), and a trio of quarter finals in Doha, Acapulco and Madrid, but they have been interspersed among early exits in Melbourne, Sofia, Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo, Rome and Geneva.

Wawrinka had been as low as 68th in the rankings in February, but his Roland Garros run took him back into the top 20 for the first time since March 2018. The world No. 19 infamously missed the second half of 2017 following multiple knee surgeries. He returned in time for the start of 2018, but struggled badly through the first half of the season, dropping out of the top 260 in June after points from his runner-up finish at the French Open from the previous season dropped off. He did a great job of getting back into the top 100 by the end of the year, finishing at 66th, and he's pushed on this season, entering the grass court swing as a top 20 player.

He will have his work cut out in his Queen's opener, as he plays Dan Evans on Wednesday.

Evans has been in outstanding form lately, winning back-to-back grass-court Challenger titles in Surbiton and Nottingham- a run of 10 straight wins- can he reproduce those results at the highest level in the sport, and against one of the very best in the world in Wawrinka?

Evans has done most of his best work at Challenger level this year, reaching a final in Quimper in February, and the semi-finals at the Indian Wells Challenger in March, but he did have one excellent week on the ATP Tour at Delray Beach, where, as a qualifier, he made the final before losing to Radu Albot.

He hasn't done much at tour level outside Delray Beach, winning just two matches, one at the Australian Open, and the other in Miami, and losing in the first round at Indian Wells, Rome and Roland Garros.

Evans reached a career-high ranking of No. 41 in March 2017, but his season, and career soon took a big turn for the worse following a positive test for cocaine at the Barcelona Open in April, which resulted in a one-year ban from the sport. 

He did not play again until the Glasgow Challenger in May last year, and he did well to get back into the top 100 less than a year after his comeback from that doping suspension, breaking back into two digits in early March after reaching the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Challenger. He has consolidated his top 100 ranking with his recent run on grass, jumping up to No. 63 after claiming successive titles in Surbiton and Nottingham.

Can he keep it going at Queen's where he plays Stan Wawrinka in the opening round on Wednesday?

Wawrinka has won their two previous meetings, but they have both gone the distance- a five-setter at the US Open in 2016, and a three-set contest at Indian Wells earlier this year.

With Evans feet firmly set in the grass, against an opponent who is playing on the surface for the first time in a year, this could be the Brit's chance to finally get one over the three-time major winner.

Stan Wawrinka vs Dan Evans is live from Queen's on Wednesday, 19 June from 1:30pm local time/ 1:30pm BST


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Wawrinka vs Evans ATP Queen's Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Wawrinka faces in-form Evans in Queen's opener

Stan Wawrinka takes on the in-form Dan Evans in the first round of the Fever Tree Championship on Wednesday. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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