The French Open champion played an nearly flawless match against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, once the world number seven, and after three matches is yet to drop a set in the tournament. With Nadal crashing out of the tournament already, it is a great chance for Wawrinka to secure his maiden Wimbledon title, but has to be at his very best throughout to bring his ambitions to fruition.
Thumping serves and baseline rallies dominated the first set but Kyrgios gifted Raonic the opener when he double-faulted in the 12th game at 15-40 down.
Wawrinka and Verdasco have met on three occasions, Verdasco has won two of those with Wawrinka taking out one match. Wawrinka isn’t getting involved in long rallies or letting his opponent hang around long.
Gasquet, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2007, will next face Australia’s 24th seed Kyrgios.
Verdasco’s best Wimbledon performance was in 2013 when he made it in the quarterfinals.
Next for the fourth seed will be David Goffin, the Belgian who saw off Liam Broady on Wednesday and followed up on Friday by beating Marcos Baghdatis. The Swiss was impressive on his first serve winning 94 % points off them. In fact, this is just the second time Goffin has even reached the fourth round of a grand slam.
“I knew it was going to be a tough match and I toughed it out and got it done in four sets”. This will be the first time these two play on grass.
While Dimitrov showed flashes of his talent the defeat will do little to silence critics who have questioned whether he can make the most of his potential. However, as far as the overall match, I’m not picking against Wawrinka.