COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State All-American JJ Wolf has had quite the start to his first Grand Slam event as he has rolled into the third round at the US Open in Queens, New York.
Wolf took down world No. 36 Guido Pella 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday and then bested Roberto Carballes Baena for the second time this year 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday.
Wolf is now just the third Buckeye to reach the third round of the US Open, joining Francisco Gonzalez in 1980 and Roger Smith in 1994. Gonzalez lost in the third round to fourth-seeded Guillermo Vilas and Smith fell to top-seeded Pete Sampras in his third round match.
Wolf, who has risen to a career-high 138 in the ATP rankings, has served extremely well through the first two matches. He had 13 aces and won 72 percent of his first serve points against Pella while winning 80 percent of his first serve points and notching another 13 aces vs. Carballas Baena, He has also had a big forehand, posting 46 winners compared to just 19 for Pella and 50 winners to just 14 for Carballas Baena.
This was the second win this season for Wolf against Carballas Baena as he also beat the world No. 101 in the round of 32 at the Challenger event in Noumea, New Caledonia in January. Wolf went on to win that Challenger for the fourth Challenger title of his career.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native advances to face the winner of Christopher O’Connell and third-seeded Daniil Medvedev.