Can Wawrinka summon the Stanimal and challenge the other top contenders again? He begins his 2017 campaign.

  Roland Garros R1: [3] Stan Wawrinka [SUI] vs. Jozef Kovalik [SVK] (05/30/2017) 
6:41
Mark: 

Greetings, tennis fans! Welcome to Tennis-Pulse’s coverage of Roland Garros. I’ll be covering this afternoon’s opening round clash between Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka and Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:41 Mark
6:42
Mark: 

A WTA match has concluded, and they’ve readied Court Suzanne Lenglen for play.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:42 Mark
6:42
Mark: 

The world number three, Wawrinka, begins his quest for the title against Slovakian, Jozef Kovalik. Kovalik battled through qualifying to be here today.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:42 Mark
6:42
Mark: 

Stan, the RG champion in 2015, arrives on the heels of another clay title in Geneva. His form has been spotty this spring, but the unpredictable Stanimal seems to rear its head pretty consistently at the majors. Is it that time once again?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:42 Mark
6:43
Mark: 

It’s the first meeting between Stan and his opponent. Kovalik is 24 years of age, ranked 151 in the world. The righty checks in at 6’0, 181 pounds. Stan, is 32 years of age now, and also stands at 6’0, weighing in at 179 pounds. He has set the standard on late career success, having achieved the biggest wins of his career in the past few years.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:43 Mark
6:43
Mark: 

Stan, of course, is a three-time major champion now, having won the USO last year. He backed up his ’15 RG title with a semifinals appearance last year. It will be interesting to see whether he has it in him to mount another charge, and to challenge the rejuvenated Nadal, should they meet down the road.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:43 Mark
6:43
Mark: 

They’ll be playing today under just a bit of cloud cover but it’s temperate, at 73 degrees F. A bit of humidity, so that could weigh things some. Little wind of which to speak.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:43 Mark
6:44
Mark: 

They are knocking up, and play should commence in a few minutes.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:44 Mark
6:49
Mark: 

Kovalik attired in skull gear, including headband. Stan in a multi-hued blue shirt, and white shorts.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:49 Mark
6:50
Mark: 

Kovalik will be serving first, and play is about to get underway!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:50 Mark
6:51
Mark: 

0-15. Big serve down the T, Stan with a solid return, and Kovalik misfires wide.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:51 Mark
6:51
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:51 Mark
6:52
Mark: 

15-15. Extended rally, and Stan finally overcooks the BH.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:52 Mark
6:52
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:52 Mark
6:52
Mark: 

30-15. Nice BH dtl from the Slovakian.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:52 Mark
6:52
Mark: 

40-15. Aggressive serve and volley from Kovalik, and Stan nets his reply.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:52 Mark
6:53
Mark: 

1-0. Game to Kovalik as he gets the easy FH putaway at the net. Nice start for him.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:53 Mark
6:53
Mark: 

Looks like a solid athlete.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:53 Mark
6:53
Mark: 

Here’s Stan, toeing the baseline, ready to serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:53 Mark
6:54
Mark: 

15-0. Kovalik nets his rally ball off the BH wing.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:54 Mark
6:54
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:54 Mark
6:54
Mark: 

30-0. The Swiss unfurls a big inside out FH for a winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:54 Mark
6:54
Mark: 

40-0. Kovalik nets again, and Stan is off and running here.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:54 Mark
6:55
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:55 Mark
6:55
Mark: 

1-1. Quick love hold courtesy of another UE from the Slovakian. Nice start by both.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:55 Mark
6:55
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:55 Mark
6:55
[Comment From JakeJake: ] 

Go Stan the Man!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:55 Jake
6:56
Mark: 

0-15. As Robbie might say, “Boomsky!”

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:56 Mark
6:56
Mark: 

Stan unleashes an early BH winner dtl.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:56 Mark
6:56
[Comment From JakeJake: ] 

Hope Stanimal shows up and makes RG interesting!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:56 Jake
6:56
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:56 Mark
6:56
Mark: 

0-30. First double fault.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:56 Mark
6:57
Mark: 

Yup! You and me both, Jake.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:57 Mark
6:57
Mark: 

0-40. The Slovakian overcooks a FH, and he’s got to defend three BPs.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:57 Mark
6:57
Mark: 

15-40. On the board, as he whips a clean FH approach shot for a winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:57 Mark
6:58
Mark: 

2-1. BREAK! Stan with the clever dropper, and Kovalik can’t quite get there, sending his reply into the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:58 Mark
6:59
Mark: 

15-0. Unreturnable serve from Stan.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 6:59 Mark
7:00
Mark: 

30-0. Kovalik sends his return well wide.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:00 Mark
7:00
Mark: 

Stan nets the first serve, second to come.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:00 Mark
7:00
Mark: 

40-0. Lovely get on the approach by Wawrinka, and he lays out a sublime dropper.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:00 Mark
7:01
Mark: 

40-15. Better from Kovalik, as he engages Stan in a rally, and finishes with a crisp volley.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:01 Mark
7:01
Mark: 

40-30. Battling back in the game now is the young Slovakian, and he had Stan on a string there.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:01 Mark
7:02
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:02 Mark
7:02
Mark: 

3-1. Stan consolidates the early break, as Kovalik’s return sails long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:02 Mark
7:02
Mark: 

Important game here, as Stan is already building momentum.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:02 Mark
7:03
Mark: 

Cheers from Center Court audible.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:03 Mark
7:03
Mark: 

15-0. Stan’s return of serve goes into the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:03 Mark
7:03
Mark: 

15-15. Kovalik missed wide with the BH drop shot.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:03 Mark
7:03
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:03 Mark
7:04
Mark: 

30-15. Stan unloaded on a FH there but overcooked it. He mutters to himself.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:04 Mark
7:04
Mark: 

40-15. Stan missed again, this time off the BH wing, and a couple of game points for Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:04 Mark
7:04
Mark: 

3-2. A couple of overhead smashes, and Kovalik does well to hold.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:04 Mark
7:05
Mark: 

Good defense from the Swiss, but Kovalik got it done. Stan still up a break here in the first.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:05 Mark
7:07
Mark: 

Kyrgios and del Potro through in action elsewhere.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:07 Mark
7:07
Mark: 

15-15.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:07 Mark
7:07
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:07 Mark
7:07
Mark: 

15-30. Stan with the giant sweeping BH stroke, but he misfires there, and sends one wide.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:07 Mark
7:07
[Comment From AdamAdam: ] 

Is Stan in beast mode so far?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:07 Adam
7:08
Mark: 

30-30. Kovalik just missed on the stab lob.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:08 Mark
7:08
Mark: 

Getting there, Adam. He’s hammered a couple of ’em. Up a break still.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:08 Mark
7:08
Mark: 

40-30.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:08 Mark
7:08
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:08 Mark
7:09
Mark: 

Deuce. Stan’s dropper doesn’t quite make it over the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:09 Mark
7:09
Mark: 

Adv. Waw. Nailed a big first serve that put the opponent on the defensive, and got the easy putaway at net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:09 Mark
7:09
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:09 Mark
7:10
Mark: 

4-2. Game Stan. Kovalik did not do enough with the early FH, Stan got to net, and executed a solid volley winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:10 Mark
7:10
Mark: 

Kovalik nets the first serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:10 Mark
7:11
Mark: 

15-0. Stan missed there on the big BH try, sending it netward.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:11 Mark
7:11
Mark: 

Lets out a groan.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:11 Mark
7:11
Mark: 

15-15. Beautiful. Got to that approach with a masterful slide, and sliced it away for the winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:11 Mark
7:11
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:11 Mark
7:12
Mark: 

15-30. Kovalik’s FH dtl wide of the mark.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:12 Mark
7:12
Mark: 

First serve long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:12 Mark
7:13
Mark: 

15-40. Oh my! Stan pounced on that FH and blasted it too hard for Kovalik to handle. Good decision-making from the Swiss.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:13 Mark
7:13
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:13 Mark
7:13
Mark: 

30-40. Better FH from Kovalik there, and Stan unable to catch up to it.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:13 Mark
7:14
Mark: 

5-2. Lovely measured BH from Stan, and he’s up a double break.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:14 Mark
7:14
Mark: 

After just 22 minutes, he’ll serve for the first set.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:14 Mark
7:16
Mark: 

Victor here to face the winner of the Dog-Berlocq match. Dog up 2 sets to 0 in their R1 match.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:16 Mark
7:16
Mark: 

15-15.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:16 Mark
7:16
Mark: 

30-15. Kovalik nets his BH return from the baseline.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:16 Mark
7:16
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:16 Mark
7:17
Mark: 

40-15. Savage FH deep in the corner garners Stan two set points.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:17 Mark
7:17
Mark: 

6-2, first set to Wawrinka!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:17 Mark
7:17
Mark: 

Big, unreturnable first serve gets him the game.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:17 Mark
7:17
Mark: 

Boy, that was fast. He is looking very solid.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:17 Mark
7:18
Mark: 

Not counting chickens, but if he pulls through here, I will savor that possible R2 encounter with Dog. He’s up 4-2 in the third now.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:18 Mark
7:19
Mark: 

Second set’s underway.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:19 Mark
7:20
Mark: 

15-0. Bit wild from Stan there out of the gate.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:20 Mark
7:20
Mark: 

Kovalik with the second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:20 Mark
7:20
Mark: 

30-0. Stan wide with the BH.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:20 Mark
7:20
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:20 Mark
7:21
Mark: 

40-0. Massive serve that Stan can barely get a racquet on.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:21 Mark
7:21
Mark: 

40-15. Kovalik missed the approach FH, sending it wide.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:21 Mark
7:21
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:21 Mark
7:22
Mark: 

1-0. Good hold for the Slovakian, as Stan’s BH from the baseline sails long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:22 Mark
7:22
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:22 Mark
7:22
Mark: 

0-15. Stan moving to his right, but miscalculates the FH, and puts it into the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:22 Mark
7:23
Mark: 

15-15. Nice rally, with excellent variety, but Kovalik overcooks his slice, and we’re level.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:23 Mark
7:23
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:23 Mark
7:24
Mark: 

15-30. A pity for Stan, as he had put down a terrific kick second serve to get an easy overhead at net, and he missed poorly.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:24 Mark
7:24
Mark: 

15-40. Two BPs for Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:24 Mark
7:24
Mark: 

30-40. Stan quickly erases one.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:24 Mark
7:24
Mark: 

BREAK!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:24 Mark
7:25
Mark: 

2-0 to Kovalik here in the second, as Stan flubbed a volley. Losing a bit of focus, perhaps, after bagging the first set.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:25 Mark
7:25
Mark: 

The Slovakian serving to consolidate.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:25 Mark
7:25
Mark: 

0-15.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:25 Mark
7:26
Mark: 

Second serve, as first clips tape and goes wide.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:26 Mark
7:26
Mark: 

0-30. Stan had Kovalik pinned to the baseline there, and finally got the opportunity to unleash the Howitzer winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:26 Mark
7:27
Mark: 

0-40. Three BPs for the Swiss.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:27 Mark
7:27
Mark: 

BREAK!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:27 Mark
7:27
Mark: 

2-1. He’s done it with a crisp crosscourt BH.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:27 Mark
7:27
Mark: 

Well done by him to right the ship quickly.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:27 Mark
7:29
Mark: 

And Dolgopolov is indeed through in straights, so he awaits the winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:29 Mark
7:29
Mark: 

Stan up 30-0 already.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:29 Mark
7:30
Mark: 

30-15.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:30 Mark
7:30
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:30 Mark
7:30
Mark: 

30-30. Fine rally there, with Kovalik battling gamely. Stan creates a great angle with the BH, and Kovalik nets.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:30 Mark
7:30
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:30 Mark
7:31
Mark: 

30-40. Stan had done well, moving agilely out wide, but too heavy with the FH, and the Slovakian qualifier has a break chance.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:31 Mark
7:31
Mark: 

Deuce. Promptly snuffed.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:31 Mark
7:32
Mark: 

Adv. Stan. He moves in with great footwork on display, and gets an easy FH approach winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:32 Mark
7:32
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:32 Mark
7:32
Mark: 

2-2. Game to Stan, as he gets a beautiful BH winner that caught the line.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:32 Mark
7:33
Mark: 

15-0, Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:33 Mark
7:33
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:33 Mark
7:33
Mark: 

30-0. Stan nets his BH off the second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:33 Mark
7:34
Mark: 

40-0. Ace down the T by Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:34 Mark
7:34
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:34 Mark
7:34
Mark: 

3-2. Love hold for Kovalik, as Stan’s return sails long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:34 Mark
7:34
Mark: 

Loving the brisk pace of play here.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:34 Mark
7:36
Mark: 

15-0.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:36 Mark
7:36
Mark: 

30-0. Big FH crosscourt by Stan. That’s the stuff.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:36 Mark
7:37
Mark: 

40-0. Easy as you like with the overhead smash for Stan. Kovalik could only bunt his return.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:37 Mark
7:37
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:37 Mark
7:37
Mark: 

3-3. Lightning hold for Stan, with yet another FH winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:37 Mark
7:37
Mark: 

We’re only 18 minutes into the second.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:37 Mark
7:37
Mark: 

Second serve coming for Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:37 Mark
7:38
Mark: 

0-15. Kovalik mishandles the return from Stan there, sending it well long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:38 Mark
7:38
Mark: 

15-15. Stan’s return sails long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:38 Mark
7:38
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:38 Mark
7:39
Mark: 

30-15. Nice rally, FH to BH exchange, and Stan finally netted.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:39 Mark
7:39
Mark: 

30-30. Big serve that Stan got back in play, but Kovalik overcooked his approach.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:39 Mark
7:39
Mark: 

Half chance?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:39 Mark
7:39
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:39 Mark
7:40
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:40 Mark
7:40
Mark: 

30-40. BP chance for Stan, as Kovalik sent his BH rally ball into the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:40 Mark
7:40
Mark: 

Magnus Norman looking on.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:40 Mark
7:41
Mark: 

Deuce. Kovalik does well to erase the BP with a FH crosscourt winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:41 Mark
7:41
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:41 Mark
7:41
Mark: 

Adv. Wawrinka. A loose FH from the Slovakian sets up another break chance for the Swiss.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:41 Mark
7:41
Mark: 

Second of the game.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:41 Mark
7:42
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:42 Mark
7:42
Mark: 

Deuce. He really opened up on that one, tried to hammer that soft second serve, but overcooked it.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:42 Mark
7:43
Mark: 

Adv. Stan. What a point! Kovalik with terrific net play, and Stan finally lobbed him. Stan with stellar defense.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:43 Mark
7:43
Mark: 

Deuce, again. Kovalik has saved three break chances now. Solid volley that Stan couldn’t handle.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:43 Mark
7:44
Mark: 

Adv. Kovalik. Beautiful drop shot, and Wawrinka had no chance to get to that one.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:44 Mark
7:44
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:44 Mark
7:44
Mark: 

4-3. Great hold from Kovalik as Stan’s BH missed wide. Tenacious play there, and we remain on serve here in the second.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:44 Mark
7:46
Mark: 

30-0.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:46 Mark
7:47
Mark: 

30-15. Kovalik let the high arcing ball bounce, and hammers him a smash.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:47 Mark
7:47
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:47 Mark
7:47
Mark: 

40-15. Crisp FH putaway from Stan. Nice serve and volley changeup. That kick serve doing its job.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:47 Mark
7:47
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:47 Mark
7:48
Mark: 

4-4. Glorious BH winner from Stan. What an angle, and Kovalik had no chance to catch up to it.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:48 Mark
7:48
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:48 Mark
7:49
Mark: 

15-0. Stan firing well from the baseline, but Kovalik got into net for the FH touch volley.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:49 Mark
7:49
Mark: 

30-0. Kick second serve, and Stan misfires into the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:49 Mark
7:50
Mark: 

40-0. Big ace down the T, his second, and he’s got three game points.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:50 Mark
7:50
Mark: 

Missed on the first, second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:50 Mark
7:50
Mark: 

40-15. Sensational BH from Stan the Man!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:50 Mark
7:50
Mark: 

Pause, pause, unfurl! Great angle.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:50 Mark
7:51
Mark: 

5-4. Game to Kovalik, as Stan overcooks his return.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:51 Mark
7:51
Mark: 

Scoreboard pressure now, as Stan will have to serve to stay in the second set. Getting interesting here.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:51 Mark
7:53
Mark: 

15-0. Big serve down the center, and Kovalik lunges to get a frame on it.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:53 Mark
7:53
Mark: 

30-0. Unreturnable.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:53 Mark
7:53
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:53 Mark
7:53
Mark: 

40-0. Quickly, three game points, as Kovalik sends his return long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:53 Mark
7:53
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:53 Mark
7:54
Mark: 

5-5. Game, Wawrinka. Kovalik nets his return and we’re level yet again.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:54 Mark
7:55
Mark: 

15-0. Good serve from Kovalik, and the approach was unnecessary, as Stan netted his return.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:55 Mark
7:55
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:55 Mark
7:55
Mark: 

30-15. Kovalik misfires long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:55 Mark
7:56
Mark: 

40-15. Great ace down the T, and two game points for the young Slovakian.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:56 Mark
7:56
Mark: 

6-5. Yet another ace from Kovalik, his fourth, and Stan once again will serve to keep the second set alive.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:56 Mark
7:58
Mark: 

Things have certainly tightened up some here, and we’ll see how this plays out.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:58 Mark
7:58
Mark: 

Second serve for Stan.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:58 Mark
7:58
Mark: 

15-0. Kovalik’s return sails long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:58 Mark
7:58
Mark: 

30-0. Kovalik’s return finds the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:58 Mark
7:58
Mark: 

13th straight appearance here at RG for Stan.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:58 Mark
7:58
Mark: 

Second serve coming from him.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:58 Mark
7:59
Mark: 

30-15. Wawrinka’s FH rally ball smacks the tape and falls on his own side of the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:59 Mark
7:59
Mark: 

Second serve. Can he land a first?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 7:59 Mark
8:00
Mark: 

30-30. Framed one, did Stan. Bit of a slip. Could be costly. Kovalik two points from the set now.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:00 Mark
8:00
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:00 Mark
8:00
Mark: 

40-30. Stan fortunate there to get away with the weak volley. Quality second serve there.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:00 Mark
8:00
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:00 Mark
8:01
Mark: 

6-6. To a TB we go, as Stan finally holds after the Kovalik UE.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:01 Mark
8:01
Mark: 

Stan 9-4, and his opponent 2-2 in TBs on the year.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:01 Mark
8:01
Mark: 

Kovalik to serve first.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:01 Mark
8:01
Mark: 

Second coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:01 Mark
8:02
Mark: 

1-0. Stan with the minibreak courtesy of a gorgeous rangy BH winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:02 Mark
8:02
Mark: 

1-1. Kovalik gets it right back with a vicious FH that sends Stan scrambling.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:02 Mark
8:03
Mark: 

Tremendous racquet head speed.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:03 Mark
8:03
Mark: 

2-1. Another minibreak, as Stan framed one in ugly fashion. He whacks the ball away in frustration.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:03 Mark
8:03
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:03 Mark
8:04
Mark: 

2-2. Stan gets it back, as Kovalik nets his rally ball. Back on serve in the second set TB.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:04 Mark
8:04
Mark: 

Kovalik 3-2 Stan, here in the TB. Great serve and volley from him, and a terrific stab volley winner.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:04 Mark
8:05
Mark: 

3-3. Big first serve that Kovalik sends into the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:05 Mark
8:05
Mark: 

Change of ends.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:05 Mark
8:05
Mark: 

Ump silences the crowd.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:05 Mark
8:05
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:05 Mark
8:06
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:06 Mark
8:06
Mark: 

4-3. Kovalik with another minibreak, edging back in front, as Stan’s FH rally ball finds the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:06 Mark
8:06
Mark: 

He’s got a couple of serves coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:06 Mark
8:06
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:06 Mark
8:07
Mark: 

5-3. Kovalik consolidates the mini with a wicked FH approach winner dtl.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:07 Mark
8:07
Mark: 

6-3. Three set points for the qualifier as Stan’s return sails long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:07 Mark
8:07
Mark: 

Didn’t see this coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:07 Mark
8:08
Mark: 

6-4. Stan with a trademark fadeaway FH that he puts away furiously.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:08 Mark
8:08
Mark: 

6-5. Beautiful volley from the Swiss, and he’s holding back nothing here.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:08 Mark
8:08
Mark: 

Kovalik with a serve for the set.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:08 Mark
8:08
Mark: 

Second coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:08 Mark
8:09
Mark: 

6-6. Stan saves three set points. Kovalik nets, and we’re level once more.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:09 Mark
8:09
Mark: 

Another change of ends.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:09 Mark
8:09
Mark: 

Kovalik shooting a look of exasperation toward his box.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:09 Mark
8:09
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:09 Mark
8:10
Mark: 

7-6. 16-stroke rally, and Stan gets another minibreak. What an exchange, and Stan will serve for the second set now.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:10 Mark
8:10
Mark: 

SET, WAWRINKA!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:10 Mark
8:10
Mark: 

He takes the second set tiebreak by 8-6 with a huge unreturnable serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:10 Mark
8:11
Mark: 

6-3 down in that breaker, and he reels off five straight points! As ever, Stan loosens up when his back’s against the wall. Fascinating case study, this one. We all could benefit from that sort of resolve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:11 Mark
8:12
Mark: 

Stan up 2 sets to nil now. 6-2, 7-6 (8-6). Third set upcoming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:12 Mark
8:12
Mark: 

Kovalik sustaining a huge mental blow with that collapse, one would think.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:12 Mark
8:13
Mark: 

Be interesting to see whether he can pick himself up off the canvas.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:13 Mark
8:14
Mark: 

30-0, Kovalik, first game, third set.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:14 Mark
8:14
Mark: 

0-40. Three early BPs for Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:14 Mark
8:14
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:14 Mark
8:15
Mark: 

15-40. Stan saves one with a measured BH crosscourt.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:15 Mark
8:15
Mark: 

Those angles are to die for.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:15 Mark
8:15
Mark: 

30-40. Another wonderful BH crosscourt winner saves a second BP.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:15 Mark
8:15
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:15 Mark
8:16
Mark: 

Deuce. Nice cat and mouse exchange, and Stan sneaks to the net for the FH volley putaway.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:16 Mark
8:16
Mark: 

Adv. Kovalik. Impressive point from Kovalik, and he advances to net for the overhead smash.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:16 Mark
8:17
Mark: 

Deuce #2. Huge serve from Stan saves yet another BP.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:17 Mark
8:17
Mark: 

Second coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:17 Mark
8:17
Mark: 

Adv. Wawrinka. Kovalik overcooks his rally ball by inches, and Stan’s got a hard-fought game point.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:17 Mark
8:18
Mark: 

1-0 here in the third. Stan did well to hold there, saving three BPs in the opening game.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:18 Mark
8:18
Mark: 

16-13, winners, UEs for Stan, 12-13, for Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:18 Mark
8:18
Mark: 

Second serve coming for Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:18 Mark
8:18
Mark: 

Let, second service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:18 Mark
8:19
Mark: 

15-0. Stan uncorked a big BH, but missed long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:19 Mark
8:19
Mark: 

15-15. Great movement, and positioning from Stan. Got to the approach, and put it away.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:19 Mark
8:20
Mark: 

30-15. Fifth ace from Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:20 Mark
8:20
Mark: 

40-15. Stan misses, and Kovalik has two game points.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:20 Mark
8:20
Mark: 

Second coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:20 Mark
8:21
Mark: 

1-1. Game, Kovalik, as Stan can’t quite get to the dropper, pushing it into the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:21 Mark
8:21
Mark: 

He’s hanging in there. Good to see from the challenger.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:21 Mark
8:21
Mark: 

0-15.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:21 Mark
8:21
Mark: 

15-15. Kovalik misfires on his return.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:21 Mark
8:22
Mark: 

Kovalik the fifth-ranked Slovakian, I’m being told.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:22 Mark
8:22
Mark: 

30-15. Good second serve elicits the long FH from Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:22 Mark
8:22
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:22 Mark
8:22
Mark: 

40-15. Classic BH dtl from the Stanimal!!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:22 Mark
8:22
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:22 Mark
8:23
Mark: 

He’s flashed some brilliance today.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:23 Mark
8:23
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:23 Mark
8:23
Mark: 

40-30. Framed that BH. Hot and cold, a bit.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:23 Mark
8:23
Mark: 

Deuce. Stern defense from the Slovakian, and Stan frames another one. Quality exchange.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:23 Mark
8:24
Mark: 

Deuce. Stern defense from the Slovakian, and Stan framed another.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:24 Mark
8:24
Mark: 

Adv. Wawrinka.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:24 Mark
8:25
Mark: 

2-1. What a return from Kovalik, but Stan was equal to the challenge, and elicited an UE. On hold in the third.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:25 Mark
8:26
Mark: 

3/8 on BPs thus far for Stan, 1/7 for Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:26 Mark
8:26
Mark: 

15-0. Quick rally, and Stan misfires wide. He’s been sharper.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:26 Mark
8:26
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:26 Mark
8:27
Mark: 

15-15. Nice idea from Kovalik with the dropper, but it came up just short.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:27 Mark
8:27
Mark: 

Second serve. Just missed down the T.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:27 Mark
8:27
Mark: 

15-30. Tried to move around the BH, and Kovalik’s FH found the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:27 Mark
8:28
Mark: 

30-30. Big first serve set that one up. Quick rally, and solid FH putaway for the Slovakian.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:28 Mark
8:28
Mark: 

Let, first service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:28 Mark
8:28
Mark: 

Second serve to come.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:28 Mark
8:29
Mark: 

30-40. Slice return off the BH by Stan, and Kovalik nets. BP chance.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:29 Mark
8:29
Mark: 

Deuce. Stan sends his BH rally ball well wide.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:29 Mark
8:29
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:29 Mark
8:30
Mark: 

Adv. Wawrinka. Kovalik nets his BH approach. Another break chance.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:30 Mark
8:30
Mark: 

Deuce. Kovalik fights off another with aggressive play. Mixing it up with some serve and volley, and Stan coughs up the lob for a smash.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:30 Mark
8:31
Mark: 

Adv. Kovalik. 6-1 on aces now for him.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:31 Mark
8:31
Mark: 

2-2. Good hold, as Stan can’t get the serve back in play.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:31 Mark
8:31
Mark: 

Both players going for a change of racquet strings.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:31 Mark
8:31
Mark: 

Stan to serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:31 Mark
8:31
Mark: 

15-0. Kovalik’s return sails long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:31 Mark
8:32
Mark: 

30-0. Another big serve elicits a looping return that sailed long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:32 Mark
8:32
Mark: 

40-0. Big serve from Stan, and he’s got three game points. His second ace.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:32 Mark
8:32
Mark: 

3-2. Lightning hold, as Kovalik’s return falls short of the net.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:32 Mark
8:34
Mark: 

Stan having a little chat with the chair umpire about something. What could they be bickering about?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:34 Mark
8:34
Mark: 

Second serve coming from Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:34 Mark
8:35
Mark: 

0-15. Big BH dtl from Stan.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:35 Mark
8:35
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:35 Mark
8:35
Mark: 

15-15. Weak BH reply from Stan sails long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:35 Mark
8:35
Mark: 

30-15. Ditto.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:35 Mark
8:36
Mark: 

Second.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:36 Mark
8:36
Mark: 

30-30. Wow, Stan getting a little lucky there with his return just getting over the net. Close exchange at net, and Stan gets the better of it.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:36 Mark
8:37
Mark: 

30-40. What a reach by Stan at net! Fine volley from the Swiss gets him a BP.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:37 Mark
8:37
Mark: 

Terrific FH volley.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:37 Mark
8:37
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:37 Mark
8:37
Mark: 

4-2. BREAK! Miscue from Kovalik, and Stan about to serve for 5-2.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:37 Mark
8:38
Mark: 

0-15. Fast exchange, and Stan misfired wide off the FH wing.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:38 Mark
8:38
Mark: 

15-15. Kovalik’s lob way long. Beat himself, there.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:38 Mark
8:38
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:38 Mark
8:39
Mark: 

30-15. Kovalik’s BH slice finds the net, but Stan would’ve been there anyway.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:39 Mark
8:39
Mark: 

First serve long, confirmed by the ump. Second coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:39 Mark
8:39
Mark: 

30-30. Didn’t get enough on the serve and Kovalik pounced.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:39 Mark
8:39
Mark: 

Second.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:39 Mark
8:40
Mark: 

Let, second service.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:40 Mark
8:40
Mark: 

Sounds like a soccer match in the neighboring center court.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:40 Mark
8:40
Mark: 

40-30. Good movement forward once again by Stan, and he gets the easy FH putaway.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:40 Mark
8:40
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:40 Mark
8:41
Mark: 

Deuce. Double fault from Stan, his first.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:41 Mark
8:41
Mark: 

Second serve to come.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:41 Mark
8:41
Mark: 

Adv. Wawrinka. Loops it in and gets the better of that exchange, as Kovalik fires long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:41 Mark
8:41
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:41 Mark
8:42
Mark: 

5-2. Game to Stan. Great combo, and the Slovakian will serve to stay in the match.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:42 Mark
8:43
Mark: 

Closing on two hours here. Been some nice action. Can Stan close it out on his opponent’s serve?

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:43 Mark
8:43
Mark: 

The qualifier toes the baseline.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:43 Mark
8:43
Mark: 

Second serve coming.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:43 Mark
8:43
Mark: 

15-0. Stan misses wide on the return.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:43 Mark
8:44
Mark: 

30-0. Wawrinka overcooks another.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:44 Mark
8:44
Mark: 

His concentration may be wavering again.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:44 Mark
8:44
Mark: 

30-15. Double fault from Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:44 Mark
8:45
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:45 Mark
8:45
Mark: 

40-15. Sloppy game from Stan, here.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:45 Mark
8:45
Mark: 

40-30. Loose FH approach from Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:45 Mark
8:46
Mark: 

Deuce. Stan’s FH rally ball just catches the line. Two points away now.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:46 Mark
8:46
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:46 Mark
8:46
Mark: 

Foot fault. Rare call.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:46 Mark
8:46
Mark: 

Adv. Kovalik. Stan went for it, but missed badly on his FH.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:46 Mark
8:46
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:46 Mark
8:47
Mark: 

5-3. Game to Kovalik as Wawrinka’s rally ball sails long. He’ll try to serve it out.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:47 Mark
8:47
Mark: 

Second serve.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:47 Mark
8:47
Mark: 

15-0. Kovalik went for the slice but the net had other ideas.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:47 Mark
8:48
Mark: 

15-15. Stan’s chip attempt was off the mark, and it sailed long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:48 Mark
8:48
Mark: 

30-15. Kovalik’s return long.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:48 Mark
8:48
Mark: 

40-15. Punishing barrage from the Swiss. He’s got two match points!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:48 Mark
8:49
Mark: 

GAME, SET, AND MATCH, WAWRINKA!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:49 Mark
8:49
Mark: 

He finishes it with yet another trademark BH winner dtl.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:49 Mark
8:49
Mark: 

In 1:57, Stan moves on in straight sets.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:49 Mark
8:49
Mark: 

6-2, 7-6(6), 6-3

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:49 Mark
8:50
Mark: 

Good enough in the end from Stan, and raised his game when he needed to. Nice effort from his opponent, and I expect we’ll see more from him.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:50 Mark
8:51
Mark: 

38 winners, 33 UEs for Stan on the match, and 23, 28 for Kovalik. 106 total points won for Stan, 84 for Kovalik.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:51 Mark
8:51
Mark: 

The Stan train is on track. Six more rounds to go for him. 🙂

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:51 Mark
8:52
Mark: 

Dog awaits in R2. That should be a treat.

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:52 Mark
8:53
Mark: 

Thanks for following along, everyone. As always, Tennis-Pulse is your source for all the RG action, and you’ll find articles of interest in the world of tennis as large, as well. Hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday May 30, 2017 8:53 Mark