AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Wawrinka Moves On In Melbourne; Youzhny, Dodig, Querrey Advance
by ATP Staff|
Eighth seed Stanislas Wawrinka advanced to the second round of the 2014 Australian Open after Andrey Golubev retired with a calf injury during their match on opening day of the major. Wawrinka was leading 6-4, 4-1.
“We never want the opponent to retire with an injury, but that's what happened today,” said Wawrinka. “Myself, I was feeling good. I think it's one of the best starts for me in a Grand Slam if I look about my game and how I felt on the court. I was moving well, playing strong and playing well. For sure I made some mistakes, but for the first [match] it's never easy. But I'm really happy with the way I started.”
The 28 year old, who picked up his first title of the season at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Roger-Vasselin), continued his fine form from 2013, a season that saw him reach a career-high No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, culminating in his first qualification at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The Swiss No. 2 (behind Roger Federer) feels confident as he progresses through 2014. “I don't think I feel more pressure,” said Wawrinka “I just have more confidence in myself. I know that I can play and go well in the Grand Slams. I already have. I'm feeling physically strong and mentally there.”
Still, Wawrinka finds room for improvement. “I'm still trying to improve my forehand to be more aggressive in the game, but there is no big change. Only trying to improve every day.”
In other matches, 14th seed Mikhail Youzhny defeated Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; Croatian Ivan Dodig, seeded 32nd, beat countryman Ivo Karlovic 7-6(8), 6-3, 7-6(4) and American Sam Querrey needed four sets to battle past Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3).
"[Coach] David Nainkin and I went out for five days and did a lot of basics - hand feeding and ball feeding - here in Melbourne just trying to find my rhythm again," said Querrey. "The last few days I've felt really good in practice sets and that carried over to today."
Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzogovina won his match against Jan Hajek 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.