Stan Wawrinka vs Novak Djokovic Head to Head – Can Wawrinka upset the Joker?

Novak Djokovic will renew hostilities with Stan Wawrinka at the All England Club for their third-round bout. The duo have played memorable fixtures but never faced each other at the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon.

While injuries have plagued the Swiss ace, Novak has continued on his path towards tennis immortality. At Roland Garros, he cemented his legacy in the absence of Rafael Nadal, claiming his 23 Grand Slam. Successive triumphs at the Championships will see him level Roger Federer’s stranglehold on the green surface.

In Wawrinka, Djokovic has a familiar foe. The duo have come up against each other 29 times with Novak claiming 23 wins, as many as he as Grand Slams. Adding to this tally will surely be a good omen for the all-conquering Serb.

Over the years, these two tennis titans have engaged in a series of memorable duels, showcasing their relentless skills, fierce determination, and unyielding spirits on the grandest stages of the sport. As the stage is set for them to clash for the first time at Wimbledon, it’s time to reflect on their captivating encounters that have left an indelible mark on the tennis world.

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Stan Wawrinka vs Novak Djokovic: Overall Head-to-Head Record

With an impressive 23-6 lead, Djokovic has consistently proved to be a formidable opponent for the Swiss star. Their first encounter took place back in 2005 during the second round of qualifiers at the Australian Open. In this initial meeting, Djokovic showcased his prowess by securing a straightforward victory in straight sets.

After their inaugural clash, the two players had to wait for a considerable period of 21 months before renewing their rivalry. It was in Vienna that they faced each other once again, and a year later, they crossed paths in another thrilling encounter. The Swiss star triumphed on the first occasion while Djokovic made it even a year later.

Their most recent meeting occurred at the Rome Masters in the third round, where Djokovic emerged victorious, mirroring their first encounter by claiming a 2-0 triumph. Now, let’s delve into some of their classic encounters that have etched unforgettable moments in their head-to-head history.

2013 US Open Semi-Final, Djokovic vs Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

It was Nadal who thwarted Djokovic’s 2013 US Open bid in the final but it would not have been possible without Wawrinka’s help. The Swiss ace sucked the energy from the Joker in a marathon semi-final that lasted over four hours and required him to dig deep into his arsenal to get over the line. Djokovic impressed all and sundry with his comeback from 2-1 down but it took a lot of effort to get past Wawrinka before Nadal delivered the finishing blow in a 3-2 triumph.

2015 Australian Open Semi-Final, Djokovic vs Wawrinka 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Djokovic was the first seed at the 2015 Australian Open and came with vengeance on his mind. After triumphing at the previous three editions of the first Grand Slam of the year, his ambitions were thwarted in 2014, when Wawrinka had beaten him in the quarter-finals en route to claiming his first second Grand Slam title. In 2015, he had laid waste to everyone who stood in his path, forging his path to the semi-finals without dropping a single set. Until he came across Wawrinka. The Lausanne native did not allow him breathing room and came roaring back everything Djokovic pushed him down. While the Serb triumphed in the end, en route to his fifth Australian title, he had faced his toughest test in Wawrinka.

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2016 US Open Final, Djokovic vs Wawrinka 7-6, 4-6, 5-7, 3-6

Djokovic and Wawrinka’s paths collided in the US Open final in 2016. First seed Djokovic was the favourite in the meeting but the Swiss ace had other plans. The four-set duel was longer than their battle in Australian Open in 2015 and it was Wawrinka who came up on top after losing the first set on a tiebreak. The match lasted almost four hours and had constant ebb and flow for both rivals. The third set decided the fate when Wawrinka battled hard for each point and was eventually rewarded by Djokovic’s lapse in concentration in the deciding game.

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