AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Wawrinka, Anderson Advance
by ATP Staff|
World No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka reached the Australian Open third round for the sixth year in a row on Wednesday night as he held off Alejandro Falla for a 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-4 victory. The Swiss prevailed in two hours and 47 minutes as he converted six of his 17 break points and hit 61 winners to just 26 from Falla.
"I was expecting a tough match," said Wawrinka. "I was focused on myself, trying to be more relaxed, trying to be more positive with myself. At the end the most important thing is to win it. I'm quite happy about that. I'm now looking forward to the next one."
The 28-year-old Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam semi-final last year at the US Open (l. to Djokovic) and also made a riveting run at the Australian Open, pushing Novak Djokovic to a 12-10 fifth set in the fourth round. The right-hander is unbeaten thus far in 2014, opening his campaign with his fifth ATP World Tour title at the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Roger-Vasselin).
Wawrinka goes on to face Canadian No. 28 seed Vasek Pospisil, who advanced to the third round of a major for the first time when he defeated home favourite Matthew Ebden 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(9), 6-1 in the Rod Laver Arena night session.
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"I’ll have my hands full, for sure," said Pospisil of facing Wawrinka. "He’s playing great tennis right now. I played him a couple weeks ago and he was playing really well. I have to recover quickly obviously. I’m going to go for my shots. This is the only chance I’ll have if I really go for my shots and play well and serve well."
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, the No. 19 seed, cruised past Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 47 minutes. The 27 year old will look to reach the fourth round for the second year in a row at Melbourne Park when he takes on Edouard Roger-Vasselin on Friday.
"I was pleased with the way I played today," said Anderson. "I thought I played really solid, definitely taking care of my service games throughout the match and then I was able to get a break in each set. I took my chances when they came and I'm happy to get through to the next round. From where I was 10 days ago, I'm feeling much, much better."