Stan Wawrinka was rarely stretched on Court Philippe-Chatrier as he moved into the French Open third round with ease, the 2015 champion beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 7-5.
As in his first-round meeting with Jozef Kovalik, Wawrinka was able to navigate his way past the Ukrainian without dropping a set, his serve only slipping twice in two hours and 34 minutes on court.
In contrast, there were too many errors from Dolgopolov on the other side of the net, and the world number 89 also failed to take advantage of the few mistakes made by his illustrious rival.
It remained a good workout for Wawrinka as Dolgopolov produced some impressive groundstrokes, the Swiss showing his athleticism to stay in rallies before unleashing his trademark backhand.
His forehand was not too bad either, the cross-court passing shot bringing him a number of valuable points when Dolgopolov had looked threatening.
Fittingly, it was a booming cross-court forehand that set up a crucial break for Wawrinka in the third set, before crushing one straight down the line to put round three in sight.
One final solid service game wrapped things up for the third seed, Dolgopolov firing into the net on match point to confirm Wawrinka’s progression.
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Wawrinka  bt Dolgopolov 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 7-5
Wawrinka – 41/28
Dolgopolov – 35/17
Wawrinka – 16/5
Dolgopolov – 6/1
BREAK POINTS WON
Wawrinka – 4/9
Dolgopolov – 2/7
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Wawrinka – 60
Dolgopolov – 65
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Wawrinka – 74/61
Dolgopolov – 72/49
Wawrinka – 120
Dolgopolov – 106