French Open 2015 Men's Final: Career Stats for Novak Djokovic vs. Stan Wawrinka

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 6, 2015

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, left, and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose for photographers during an exhibition match, in Monaco, Saturday, April 11, 2015, during the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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Novak Djokovic overcame the challenge of Andy Murray to book his place opposite Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's 2015 French Open final.

It will be the second time this year the pair have faced off, after Djokovic prevented Wawrinka from defending his Australia Open title in January before claiming the 2015 championship as his own.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30:  Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland leaves the court after losing his semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day 12 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 30, 2015 in Melbourne, Australi
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As such, Sunday puts the Swiss on a collision course with an opponent against whom he'll very much be looking to earn some redemption, but the odds are stacked against him.

Since their first professional encounter in 2004, Wawrinka and Djokovic have faced one another on 22 occasions, according to SteveGTennis.com, with the latter triumphing in 19 of those meetings.

Djokovic vs. Wawrinka Career Meetings
YearNameRoundSurfaceWinning PlayerLosing PlayerScore
2015Australian OpenSFHardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka7-6(1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-0
2014ATP World Tour Finals10HardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-3 6-0
2014Australian OpenQFHardStan WawrinkaNovak Djokovic2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7
2013ATP World Tour FinalsSFHardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-3 6-3
2013Paris MastersQFHardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-1 6-4
2013US OpenSFHardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka2-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 6-4
2013Australian OpenR16HardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7(5) 12-10
2012US OpenR16HardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-4 6-1 3-1 Retired
2012Madrid MastersR16ClayNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka7-6(5) 6-4
2011Rome MastersR16ClayNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-4 6-1
2010Monte Carlo MastersR16ClayNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-4 6-4
2009BaselQFHardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka3-6 7-6(5) 6-2
2009Monte Carlo MastersSFClayNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka4-6 6-1 6-3
2009Indian Wells MastersR16HardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka7-6(7) 7-6(6)
2008Rome MastersFClayNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka4-6 6-3 6-3
2008Indian Wells MastersQFHardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka7-6(5) 6-2
2007ViennaFHardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-4 6-0
2006ViennaR16HardStan WawrinkaNovak Djokovic6-3 6-3
2006Switzerland v Serbia & Montenegro - DC WG - PO0HardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-4 3-6 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4
2006UmagFClayStan WawrinkaNovak Djokovic6-6 Retired
2005Australian OpenSFHardNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-3 6-1
2004Aachen ChallengerR32CarpetNovak DjokovicStan Wawrinka6-2 6-3

World No. 9 Wawrinka may not have the glossiest win ratio against his Serbian foe, with 14 percent, but it was a gutsy performance in the quarter-final of last year's Australian Open that saw him win 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.

Getting the better of Djokovic on this occasion will require an upset of equal or greater proportions, though, when one considers the Serbian's current win streak of 28 matches in a row, per Bet365:

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The world No. 1 is hardly lacking in motivation as he goes in search of the elusive Coupe des Mousquetaires, the French Open currently sitting as the only Grand Slam Djokovic has yet to add to his collection.

Despite their long history stretching back more than a decade, Wawrinka and Djokovic have never before met at Roland Garros, meaning a first French Open final could be that much more special for the former in particular.

The last four years have seen Djokovic enter a new era of prosperity in his career, but there was a time when Wawrinka was always running second best, losing 14 successive matches to the 28-year-old between 2007 and 2014.

Sunday's showdown will see a fairly erratic and at times unpredictable quantity in Wawrinka go up against the cold and calculated reliability of Djokovic. BBC pundit Brian Moore would appear to suggest the Serb is unstoppable at present:

And yet, there is that part of Wawrinka that will cherish the three career wins over Djokovic—two of which came across their first five clashes—and know he has the potential to create a French Open fracas.

There's no doubt Djokovic wins the tale of the tape, but Wawrinka will put the history books to the side as he looks to make history with a second career Grand Slam and further delay Djokovic's French Open plans.


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