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Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka's 3R clash at Italian Open will be 1st match between multiple Slam winners since Djokovic-Nadal at RG 2021

Novak Djokovic takes on Stan Wawrinka in the third round of the 2022 Italian Open
Novak Djokovic takes on Stan Wawrinka in the third round of the 2022 Italian Open
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Novak Djokovic defeated Aslan Karatsev in straight sets to secure passage into the third round of the Italian Open on Wednesday. The Serb will next take on old foe Stan Wawrinka, who won his first two matches of the season this week after two losses on the trot.

After losing in the first round of the Marbella Challenger (against Elias Ymer) and the Monte-Carlo Masters (against Alexander Bublik), the Swiss bested Reilly Opelka and Laslo Djere in his first two matches in Rome.

#Djokovic eases into third round with 6-3 6-2 victory over Karatsev. Novak’s 60th win in Rome. Next up: Djere or Wawrinka.

The clash between Djokovic and Wawrinka will be the first between multiple Grand Slam winners on the ATP tour since the semifinals of the 2022 Roland Garros, where the Serb defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets.

Djokovic v Wawrinka will be the first men's singles match between multi-Grand Slam champions since 2021 Roland Garros (Djokovic v Nadal).@InteBNLdItalia | #IBI22

To be fair, there are only five active players with multiple Majors to their name -- Roger Federer, Wawrinka and Andy Murray, apart from the duo who squared off at the French Open. Murray and the Serb were slated to cross swords in the third round of the recently concluded Madrid Open. Unfortunately, the Brit had to withdraw at the last minute.

Stan is back!Wawrinka comes back from a break down in the 3rd set to beat Laslo Djere 7-6(8) 3-6, 6-4 and reach the last 16 in Rome.He wins back to back matches for the 1st time since january 2021.Gets Novak Djokovic tomorrow! https://t.co/2vUXUMbkwV

Federer has been out of action since the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, while Nadal and Djokovic are yet to meet this year and are only playing their second tournament together. Wawrinka has also been back in action for only a month or so.

Novak Djokovic has a 19-6 lead in the head-to-head against Stan Wawrinka

Novak Djokovic has a 19-6 lead in the head-to-head against Stan Wawrinka
Novak Djokovic has a 19-6 lead in the head-to-head against Stan Wawrinka

Novak Djokovic will go into the third round clash against Stan Wawrinka with a lot of confidence, seeing as he has a 19-6 lead in their head-to-head. However, the three-time Grand Slam champion has won their last two meetings, defeating the Serb at the 2016 and 2019 US Open.

On clay, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has a 5-2 lead. But once again, Wawrinka has the psychological edge of having beaten the Serb in their most recent clash, which came in the final of the 2015 Roland Garros.

#IBI22 3R Media Notes: atptour.com/en/media/daily…* No. 1 @DjokerNole leads No. 361 @StanWawrinka 19-6* Wawrinka would be lowest-ranked player to beat No. 1 and to reach @InteBNLdItalia QF* @RafaelNadal seeks 100th #ATPMasters1000 QF, 70th Rome win and 24th straight win vs lefties

If Stan Wawrinka manages to beat Djokovic, he will become the lowest-ranked player to beat the World No. 1, as well as the lowest-ranked player to reach the quarterfinals at the Italian Open.

The Serb is looking to win his sixth title at the tournament, while the Swiss is on the hunt for his maiden title in Rome.

The winner of the fixture will take on either Marcos Giron or eighth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarterfinals.


Edited by Keshav Gopalan
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