August 12, 2018

Wolf Upends World No. 85


CINCINNATI, Ohio — Ohio State junior JJ Wolf notched one of the biggest wins of his career late Saturday night as he bested world No. 85 Jozef Kovalik in the first round of qualifying for the ATP’s Western & Southern Open.

Playing in his hometown in front of friends and family, Wolf received a wildcard entry into the event and he made the most of his opportunity. He fell behind an early break in the first set but rallied to win it 8-6 in a first-set tiebreak. Wolf also won the second set in a tiebreak, this time 7-5 to advance to the second round.

Wolf had 16 aces in the match compared to just two for Kovalik and the Cincinnati won 70 percent of his first serve points.

In the second round of qualifying on Sunday, Wolf dropped the opening set 6-4 to No. 91 Marius Copil and then held serve through the second set to force another tiebreak. But this time, his run ended as he fell in the breaker.