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Stan Wawrinka v Tallon Grieskspoor ATP Rotterdam predictions, betting tips & live stream: Wawrinka too much for Dutch wildcard

Leye Aduloju 13 Feb 2018
  • Stan Wawrinka vs Tallon Griekspoor is live from Rotterdam on Tuesday, 13 February 7:30pm local time/ 6:30pm GMT
  • Wawrinka and Griekspoor meet for the first time
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Rotterdam at Unibet > sports > tennis
Stan Wawrinka. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

After last week’s encouraging semi-final in Sofia, Stan Wawrinka continues his comeback from knee surgery in Rotterdam, where he opens on Tuesday against Dutch wildcard, Tallon Griekspoor.

Stan Wawrinka vs Tallon Griekspoor ATP ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament is live from Rotterdam on Tuesday, 13 February 7:30pm local time/ 6:30pm GMT. Watch and bet on tennis live from Rotterdam at Unibet > sports > tennis



Despite falling short in Sofia, Wawrinka would have been satisfied with the work he put in over there, coming through a couple of difficult matches before falling in the last four. The former world number three recovered from the loss of the first set to beat Martin Klizan in the opening round, before overcoming a late charge from Viktor Troicki to book a spot in his first semi-final since Roland Garros. The tournament’s top seed looked favourite to advance to the final when the unheralded Mirza Basic emerged as his semi-final opponent, but the Bosnian, composing the week of his life, stunned the Swiss in a 7-6 6-4 victory before going on to claim the title.

Sofia was Wawrinka’s second tournament since he underwent knee surgery last August. The 32-year-old had returned to action at the Australian Open, defeating Ricardas Berankis in the opening round before losing easily to Tennys Sandgren in the next round. The three-time Grand Slam champion had warned before his comeback that he wasn’t exactly interested in results, and was only concerned with seeing how his knee would hold up, and while he looked uncertain in Melbourne, he was a lot more confident in Sofia, with the player admitting before the tournament that he felt a lot better compared to how he was at the Australian Open. The fact that he is playing in consecutive weeks (Sofia and Rotterdam) suggests that he is feeling a lot more comfortable with his legs.

Given the quality of the Rotterdam field, that knee is bound to undergo more thorough examination in the Dutch city. Wawrinka is expected to get past Griekspoor in the opening round, but tougher battles lie ahead, including a potential quarter final against compatriot, Roger Federer- a match that could be storied in significance with Federer needing to reach the semi-finals in Rotterdam to regain the No. 1 ranking.

That is for later in the tournament, Wawrinka’s most pressing concern is to avoid the upset against local wildcard, Griekspoor.

The 21-year-old Griekspoor has never been ranked inside the world’s top 200, with his career-high ranking being the 232 he reached at the end of last season. 

From being ranked outside the top 1000 at the end of his debut season as a professional in 2014, Griekspoor has steadily improved his year-end ranking, finishing 2015 inside the top 600, 2016 inside the top 400, and breaking the top 300 by the end of 2017. 

Unsurprisingly, his best results from 2017 were on the Futures Circuit, where he claimed five titles, one in Bahrain, and a couple each in Greece and Sweden. He played few Challenger events without making much impact- his best result being a semi-final in Alphen, Netherlands, while he made a couple of quarter finals in Tampere and Segovia. Unsurprisingly, Griekspoor’s two ATP appearances came on home soil, in Rotterdam and s-Hertogenbosch, where he suffered straight-sets opening round defeats Gilles Muller and Vasek Pospisil respectively in his only ATP World Tour matches till date. 

Hence, the Dutchman is still searching for his first tour-level win, as he takes on the might of Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday. Unless Wawrinka’s knee totally crumbles under his body, the chances of the rookie home favourite knocking out the three-time Grand Slam champion are very remote.


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