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Wawrinka vs Goffin ATP Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Wawrinka takes on Goffin in Rome opener

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 13 May 2019
  • Stan Wawrinka vs David Goffin is live from Rome on Tuesday, 14 May from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST
  • Wawrinka leads the head-to-head 3-1
Stan Wawrinka. (Photo by Alberto Simon/Alter Photos/Sipa USA)

Stan Wawrinka and David Goffin meet for the first time since 2016 as they go head-to-head in the first round of the Rome Masters on Tuesday.

Wawrinka is looking to bounce back from a comprehensive defeat to Rafael Nadal at last week's Madrid Masters, where he was spared just three games by the Spaniard in the quarter final meeting.

It was a disappointing end to what had been a very encouraging week, as Wawrinka had played some of his best tennis of the season take down Pierre-Hugues Herbert, the in-form Guido Pella, and seasoned top-ten star, Kei Nishikori in straight sets to set up what was seen as a potential blockbuster against Nadal in the last eight. That blockbuster never materialized, as a combination of Nadal's excellence, and a below par Wawrinka turned the match into a very one-sided affair.

Still, there were plenty of positives for Wawrinka to take from Madrid, and he will hope to keep it going in Rome this week. Wawrinka has had an up-and-down season, with the highest point being a runner-up finish in Rotterdam, and the lowest being opening round exits in Sofia and the Miami Open. He also made the quarter finals in Doha and Acapulco, the third round at Indian Wells and second round at the Australian Open and Monte Carlo to sit at 15-9 for the 2019 season.

His efforts in Madrid moved him into the top-30 for the first time since May last year, with the Swiss ranked at 29th heading into Rome Masters. After missing the second half of 2017, and undergoing multiple knee surgeries, Wawrinka struggled on his return to the tour in 2018, and fell out of the top-250 by the middle of last year. He however regained some of his old form towards the end of last year, finishing at 66th in the world. That ranking rebuild has continued this season, and he has got a chance to gain more ground this week, as he isn't defending any points in Rome. The 34-year-old was beaten by Steve Johnson in the first round last season. 

He has seen better years at the Italian capital, as he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2008, and a semi-finalist in 2016. He gets his 2019 bid underway on Tuesday against David Goffin.


Goffin has never truly found his best form this season, despite making a couple of ATP 250 semi-finals in Marseille and Estoril, both of which he lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas. His best result outside that was a fourth-round showing in Miami, while he also made the third round at the Australian Open. He failed to cross the opening round in Doha, Montpellier, Rotterdam, Indian Wells, Barcelona and Madrid.

It's a long way off from where he was a couple of seasons ago, when he reached a career-high ranking of 7th after winning titles in Shenzhen and Tokyo, and finishing runner-up at the Nitto ATP Finals, where he defeated both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Goffin was pegged back by injuries and associated loss of form in 2018, and ultimately ended his season in September due to an elbow injury. The Belgian ended the season at No. 22 in the world after losing points from his runner-up finish at the Nitto ATP Finals from the previous year. He has spent all but one week in 2019 outside the top-20- the only exception being the week after Indian Wells in mid-March when he peaked at a season-high 20th. There's some rankings pressure on Goffin this week as he has got quarter final points to defend, and he has not been helped by the draw, which pitches him against an improving Wawrinka in the first round.

Wawrinka holds a 3-1 advantage in the head-to-head, but they haven't met since March 2016, when Goffin scored his solitary victory over the Swiss at Indian Wells. They have also never played on clay. Goffin, at his best, has got the movement, the defensive doggedness and the counter-punching skills to make things very uncomfortable for Wawrinka, especially on this surface, and I'm sure we will see flashes of that, but he hasn't been at his best for a while, and Wawrinka played some superb tennis in Madrid. If the Swiss keeps up his pre-Madrid-quarter-final form, he will be too powerful for Goffin.

Stan Wawrinka vs David Goffin is live from Rome on Tuesday, 14 May from 11:00am local time/ 10:00am BST

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Wawrinka vs Goffin ATP Rome Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Wawrinka takes on Goffin in Rome opener

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