Stan Wawrinka Thinks He’s Not Ready to Face Novak Djokovic at Italian Open 2022 as He Engages in a Hilarious Banter

Published 05/12/2022, 8:24 AM EDT

Today, the tennis world is eagerly waiting to see the match-up between Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open. In the past, the two players had plenty of battles in the Grand Slam tournaments. In terms of head-to-head records, Djokovic is no doubt the dominant one. However, the Swiss player won their previous two meetings. Today’s match will be their 26th meeting. Meanwhile, in a fun exchange on Twitter, Wawrinka joked about playing Djokovic at the Italian Open.

Stan Wawrinka gave a hilarious response when asked about playing Novak Djokovic 

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Earlier today, the official Twitter handle of We Are Tennis asked a question to the fans “Are you ready for No.26?”

They were referring to the matchup between Djokovic and Wawrinka. In reply, the Swiss star said, “Nope.”

Then, We Are Tennis gave a tremendous reply to motivate Stan; they said, “Sure you are!”

 

Although Wawrinka was most probably joking, he may feel skeptical about today’s match. Notably, he won the first match in 456 days in the first round of the Italian Open after beating Reilly Opelka. After going through foot surgery in 2021, he missed playing for over a year. After winning his first match, he talked about his fans and how they helped him massively to get back on track. 

Wawrinka vs Djokovic, head to head

In their previous 25 meetings, Novak won 19 and Stan won only six. However, 4 of 6 wins came at the Grand Slam events for the Swiss player. And he beat Novak twice in the final of Roland Garros (2015) and the US Open (2016). Clearly, the 3-time Grand Slam winner has an edge over Novak at the Grand Slam tournaments. 

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However, Novak has an edge over the Swiss player in the Masters and ATP 500 tournaments. And today is another Masters 1000 tournament, where the Serb can show his dominance. In the previous match, he easily beat the dangerous Aslan Karatsev in straight sets.

Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka having a word at the net after the final of Roland Garros

In the meantime, after beating Opelka in the first round, Wawrinka faced Laslo Dere in the round of 32. After 2 hours and 48 minutes of marvelous tennis, the Swiss star beat the Serb by 7-6,3-6,6-4 to get his second win of the season. Now, he will face Novak. His old rival and fans are expecting a highly competitive match, for sure. 

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Watch This Story: Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Stan Wawrinka, Diego Schwartzman, and others who have beaten Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open 2022

Who will win between Novak and Stan? Let us know in the comments. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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