Stanislas Wawrinka has secured his place in the second round of the French Open after a nail biting victory over unheralded Flavio Cipolla. The Italian new comer looked strong, but was unable to hold back the strength and quality of Wawrinka play as the twenty seven year old Swiss number two fired to a two set lead winning 6-3, 6-3. However the Young Italian fought back in the third set securing a 4-6 and went on to secure his second set of the game with a 3-6 victory in the fourth set. Unfortunately for Cipolla, the world number twenty Wawrinka came back strong to finish the game with a fifth set victory finishing 6-2.
Wawrinka best performance at the French open was a fourth round exit in 2010 and in last year’s competition is hoping to eclipse these efforts by reaching the business end of this year’s competition. However after a slip up in his first round, which in truth should have been a bread and butter victory for the Swiss, this is looking doubtful. 2012 has been a solid if uninspiring year for Wawrinka, who at twenty seven would be looking to hit the peak of his game, but with so many quality players in men’s tennis at the moment, the chances of Wawrinka gaining any ground in grand slam tournaments look few and far between. The Swiss number tow would really need to play well above himself to have any chance of offering any real possibility of challenging the big players.
Outside of open tennis Wawrinka will be more concerned about adding to his gold medal achieved in Beijing earned with fellow countryman and current world number 3 Roger Federer, by achieving a second doubles victory at this year’s London Olympics.