Wawrinka leads the head to heads 3-1. Their last match was in February this year. Wawrinka won in straight sets on a hard court. Kohlschreiber’s win was due to a withdrawal. Their only clay match was in 2008.
Wawrinka is unlikely to defend his French Open title so needs all the points he can get in other tournaments. He reached the 3rd round in Monte Carlo last year. He can be unpredictable and lost his first match in Miami as a 1.24 favourite in straight sets.
Kohlschreiber served well in his straight sets win over Coric in the last round. He was broken just once. I think he can take a set today but have to go with Wawrinka for the win.
Back Wawrinka if he is broken first. As this is his first match on clay since the French Open final we have a good chance of a slow start.