With the onset of the Grand Slam season, we see players trying to break into the TOP FOUR in the world. It is seen as a sign a domination.
Stansilas Wawrinka has been successful in that endeavour this season,after a spectacular win at the Australian Open. He backed it up with a title at Monte Carlo. He is seeded 3 at Roland Garros this year,ahead of his compatriot Roger Federer and brit Andy Murray.
Wawrinka was upset in the first round by Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 4-6,7-5,2-6,0-6. No one could have predicted such a result, given the kind of form that Wawrinka carried into the tournament..
Wawrinka was off his game from the start, firing a whopping 62 unforced errors to 37 winners over the course of the two-hour-and-23-minute match; the Spaniard played much cleaner tennis, hitting 23 winners to 28 unforced errors.
In the next round, Lopez proved that his first victory was not a one-off, as he accounted for France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-4,6-3,4-6,6-0.
It is Lopez’s ability to keep a low count of unforced errors, and forcing the opponents to make mistakes at crucial points of the match that benefits him.
It will be interesting to see the progression of Lopez in the tournament as he takes on American Donald Young in the third round.
Will he the player to look out for this season?Published 31 May 2014, 13:46 IST