By Ros Satar

  • Rafael Nadal hunts for a record 10th title at Roland Garros
  • Stan Wawrinka looks for a second French Open title
  • Last time the pair squared off in a Slam final, victory belonged to Wawrinka
PARIS, FRANCE – What does the Roland Garros 2017 Men’s final have in store as we take a look at how Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal match up?

 

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Head to Head

Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal
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Oh dear dear – when we look at that head to head, it does not make for cheery viewing for Stan Wawrinka except when you take into account he snapped a dominant 12-match winning streak by Rafael Nadal when he beat the Spaniard for the Australian Open title.

Since then it has been a little more even but there is no doubt that Nadal on clay is a far more formidable proposition than on any surface for the Swiss.

Advantage: Rafael Nadal

 

Titles History

Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal
Titles (2017) 16 (1) 72 (3)
Slams (2017) 3 (0) 14 (0)

The 14-time Grand Slam champion Nadal comes here with all the pedigree you might expect. His records at Roland Garros are unlikely to ever be surpassed with a staggering 9 titles on the terre battue in Paris. Nadal has never lost a final at Roland Garros. Wawrinka has never lost a Slam final he has contested.

Advantage: Rafael Nadal

 

Year to Date W/L Record

Year to Date Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal
All surfaces W/L 26-8 42-6
Clay-court 12-3 23-1

It has been a busy year for the Spaniard, notching up a little under half the matches Wawrinka has over the course of the year, and with just a single defeat on the dirt, while Wawrinka had a bit of a bumpy start to his lay court season, but if you have to peak, then surely now is the time to do it.

Advantage: Rafael Nadal

 

Match Stats 2017

Stats Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal
Tie-Breaks (clay court) 13-3 (6-1) 9-1 (4-0)
Deciding sets (clay court) 9-3 (5-1) 5-2 (2-0)

Tie-breaks

Wawrinka has certainly worked the harder over the clay – pushed to tiebreaks seven times on the dirt, with just one loss, while Nadal has been far more efficient over the year so far, and has yet to lose a tie-break.

Deciding Sets

Wawrinka has been taken the distance more than Nadal but has largely come out on top, and on clay again has just one loss to his name.

Advantage: Rafael Nadal

 

Tournament

On Saturday the player with the most winners came back from a set and a break down against all odds against the heavy favourite – will we see that again? Wawrinka’s aggressive games delivers more aces (and yes more double faults) and far more winners than Nadal has managed, although Wawrinka did play that five-setter against Andy Murray.

Nadal looks to be a little more stable on his first and second serve points percentage and has been stronger on the return games.

Advantage: Rafael Nadal

 

Nadal and Wawrinka will play for the Roland Garros Men’s title at 3pm (2pm BST).

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