Grand Slam Grudge: Wawrinka vs. Mannarino - Australian Open 2024 Clash!

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Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka kicks off his 2024 campaign against 20th seed Adrian Mannarino.

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Wawrinka, the 2014 champion, is currently ranked 56th and is making his season debut at the age of 38.

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In 2023, Wawrinka concluded the season with a 27-23 record, securing only one win in his last five matches.

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Wawrinka faced an early exit in the 2023 Australian Open, losing in the first round to Alex Molcan in five sets.

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Mannarino had varied success in Grand Slams in 2023, making the third round at the US Open, second round at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and first round at Roland Garros.

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In head-to-head encounters, Mannarino has won both previous meetings against Wawrinka, both matches played on hardcourt.

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The odds for the match favor Mannarino, with a moneyline of -275, while Wawrinka has a +210 moneyline.

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The prediction notes the contrasting playing styles of the two players, emphasizing Wawrinka's strong serve and powerful groundstrokes against Mannarino's consistency and counterpunching style.

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Despite Mannarino's recent form and head-to-head advantage, the prediction anticipates Wawrinka to showcase his prowess and potentially secure a victory at the Australian Open, the site of his first Grand Slam win.

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