Finalist of the Grand Slam tournament from Roland Garros two editions ago, the Swiss Stan Wawrinka debuts in the French tournament on May 27th in the company of the Slovakian Josef Kovalik, number 132 ATP. The two also met in the first round of the competition and two years ago, when the Swiss was set in three sets, 6-2, 7-6 and 6-3.
Swiss Stan Wawrinka, No. 27, won the Roland Garros trophy in 2015 and also managed to participate in the final two years, lost to Spanish Rafael Nadal, and a semifinal in 2016, but left the tournament Frenchman in the first round in last year’s edition, being defeated in 5 sets by French veteran Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.Eliminated in the quarterfinals in Madrid by the same Rafael Nadal, after 1-6, 2-6, Wawrinka also gave in the first round of the previous two ATP tournaments, in Rome against the Belgian Daniel Goffin and in Geneva in the company of the Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in three sets 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4.
26-year-old Slovak Jozef Kovalik, number 132 in the ATP standings, is for the third time in his career on the French Open’s main picture. He stopped every time in the first round of the competition, which is likely to happen this year, given his opponent’s caliber.Only 9 matches supported the Slovak player from the beginning of this year, winning 4 wins, the only performance worth mentioning was represented by the participation in the finals of the Heilbronn Challenger, where he gave in three sets in front of the Italian Stefano Travaglia, the place 120 ATP, 6-1, 3-6 and 6-7.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Stan Wawrinka vs Jozef Kovalik
Although he does not go through his best moments and last year was eliminated shamefully from the first tour of the tournament, Wawrinka remains a top tennis player who will certainly push for a better ranking in this year’s edition, and the meeting with Jozef Kovalik can represent exactly the declick that the Swiss player needs, able to beat his opponent in minimum sets.
Prediction Today: Stan Wawrinka wins, 3-0 sets