With the the French Open getting a taste of some great performances and Day 2 ended with all the conventional names through to Round of 64. But amidst these, one of the top favourites in Stan Wawrinka is yet to test his odds against the Slovakian, Jozef Kovalík in the Opening Round.
The World No. 3 is entering the match with a superb run of form from his successful last tournament in Geneva where he finally lifted his first trophy of the season. This win, just in time for French Open certainly is a boost for the Swiss and potentially a grave danger for his antagonist considering the huge hike in his confidence. Wawrinka is former French Open camp and is undoubtedly eyeing to echo the history once again and pile up on his recent success. Overall, 2017 as a year has been quite juicy for Wawrinka, entering semis or better in four of the nine tournaments he has played so far and managing a 20-8 record year-to-date.
With that being said, the Swiss isn’t loaded with success either. Like his counter-parts, he too had his share of shortcomings with 8 losses this year and notably 2 coming from none other than his Swiss counter-part, Roger Federer. But considering the fact that Roger is out for the time being, the World No.3 can take a moment of peace knowing he wouldn’t be in a need to face the nightmare once again.
The Swiss national surely has the potential to shatter Rafael Nadal and others considering his love for clay with a 167-82 stat validating the fact and to add to the intrigue, he has won almost 3/4th of his matches on the red dust of France, having a record of 32-11. After peeking through this results, his contrary for today, should surely expect some hard time on court and would be in a need of blood, toil, tears and sweat for advancing through.
Talking about Jozef Kovalík, he is about to play his maiden match on the French turf and already causing some upsets on his way to qualifying for the Grand Slam. Apart from that, there are literally no other evidences to prove the Slovakian’s worth and dominance to fear his opponent.
But there are a tonne more evidences to fire up the opponent. The new comer has played almost 16 tournaments this season and making more than 8 cheap first round exits of which 7 came from the low graded ATP Challengers Tour. Recently the lad squandered to the 174th ranked Argentine, Marco Trungelliti, in the Australian Open qualifiers.
With this more than worse stats accompanying the Slovak in the match, it seems as though he might need tolerate the extensive toil period before winning any Grand Slam. This should be an easy to go win for the Swiss until and unless luck has something new in the box for the World No. 3.