Rafael Nadal vs. Stanislas Wawrinka
This match is pretty straight forward to predict. If things go according to form, Nadal should win. Wawrinka is riding a big winning streak and playing the best tennis of his life. Here are 3 keys to Wawrinka pulling an upset.
- Stan must serve well. The altitude in Madrid benefits the server and Wawrinka getting free points is a must.
- Stan’s backhand has to hold up to pressure. Rafa has won a lot of big matches against one-handed players by forcing high bounding shots into the backhand wing over and over again.
- Stan will have to weather some storms. He overcame Tsonga saving 3 match points and forcing a 3rd set. He held up under pressure versus Berdych as well. Rafa is going to have good runs during this match. Stan has to bend but not break in these portions of the match.
Having said all of that I pick Rafa to win 7-5, 6-4 – Either way Stan will enter the top 10 in my next Power Ranking