The 2015 RG champion Stan Wawrinka recorded his 150th match win at a Grand Slam championship by beating the German 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in two hours and eight minutes on Court Suzanne-Lenglen. He outplayed his opponent Dominik Koepfer with a promising base line performance.
He hit 51 winners in his victory. Asked whether he believed he could make a deep run at the tournament, Wawrinka said, “I’m ready for it. I’ve been practising right. I’m feeling good. I like the conditions here. I enjoy being back playing Grand Slam. It’s great to be able and have the chance to play this year French Open. Seeing what’s happening in the world, it’s something different. We are lucky to be able to play here. I’m ready for it. I’m ready for next round. Let’s see what will happen in the next two weeks.” “I’m playing well,” Wawrinka said. “I’m moving well. I’m feeling good on the court. That’s it. It’s a Grand Slam. It can be long two weeks. It’s match after match. You need to stay into it. As I say, I’m playing really well so far, so I’m looking forward for the next match.”
The sixth seed German Alexander Zverev battled back from a dreadful start to outlast home hope Pierre-Hugues Herbert in a fluctuating five-setter in the French Open second round on Wednesday. Zverev, runner-up at this month’s U.S. Open, spent three hours and 59 minutes to carve out a 2-6 6-4 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 victory in front of a small crowd on Court Philippe Chatrier. The 23-year-old youngster was nowhere in the first set and was a point away from trailing 5-1 in the second before he began to get to grips with the doubles specialist Frenchman.
Zverev will face qualifier Cecchinato in the third round while Wawrinka will face Frenchman Gaston.