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Bang in form Stanislas Wawrinka looks a great wager at 4/1 with Bet Victor to lift the Malaysia Open next week on his first visit to the ATP 250 tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
The Swiss ace has enjoyed a brilliant year so far and can dominate a field which comprises of just one player ranked higher than him in the shape of David Ferrer who is the 11/8 favourite.
Spaniard Ferrer has by contrast experienced an underwhelming few months on the tour having failed to really make any further Grand Slam in roads as expected being the current World No.4.
And following Wawrinka’s fine run to the semi-finals of the US Open, which included a straight sets thrashing of Andy Murray in the Quarter-Finals, it is easy to side with the man who is on song and brimming with confidence.
This week’s event in the Malaysian capital is played on hard indoors, an environment which has not always been so fruitful in the past for Wawrinka who boasts an average lifetime 42-41 record.
Nevertheless, it is fair to suggest that the 28-year-old has been largely inconsistent throughout his career and is very much a player who punters must catch at the right time when in the midst of a hot streak.
Wawrinka is certainly at the top of his game at the moment and the increasing prospect of reaching the ATP Tour Finals in London is likely to spur him on further this week with crucial ranking points at stake.
And despite a 4-7 negative head to head with Ferrer, who he could well meet in the final, Wawrinka has demonstrated on those four occasions that he does have the beating of the 31-year-old from Valencia when at his best.
Ferrer would indeed be happy to even get that far considering that this will be his fourth appearance at the competition and he has a mediocre showing of 5-3 for his efforts.
Juan Monaco, Janko Tipsarevic, Mikhail Youzhny and Nikolay Davydenko are the previous winners in Kuala Lumpur meaning Wawrinka undoubtedly has the credentials to triumph in a tournament of this nature as of those men were ranked lower than Wawrinka’s current position at No.10.
And with clay specialist Nicolas Almagro, the limited Julian Benneteau and the in and out of touch Dmitry Tursunov seeming to be best of the rest in the 28 man line-up, Wawrinka who will have a bye in the first round seeded 2, should find life relatively comfortable if anywhere near the level he found at Flushing Meadows.