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Wawrinka Works Hard In Miami Opener; Roger-Vasselin Upsets Cilic

Miami, U.S.A.

Wawrinka© Getty ImagesStanislas Wawrinka will play Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the Miami third round.

Stanislas Wawrinka was made to work hard on Saturday as he opened his sixth bid for the Sony Open Tennis title, which would represent his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy.

Wawrinka bounced back from last week’s BNP Paribas Open fourth round exit to Kevin Anderson with a 6-0, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver, in the second round at Crandon Park, in Miami.

It was Wawrinka's 14th win in 15 matches this year, highlighted by his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open (d. Nadal) and the Aircel Chennai Open (d. Roger-Vasselin). He will now play Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Third seed Wawrinka hit 11 winners in the 17-minute opener, which saw him lose three of his service points.

But Gimeno-Traver regrouped to win his first game for 1-1 in the second set, and he went on to convert his third break point opportunity in a lengthy fifth game. Wawrinka, who hit three double faults and committed 23 unforced errors, was broken again to end the 42-minute set.

Wawrinka, who had previously won their two clay-court meetings (Buenos Aires and Gstaad) last season, opened up a 2-0 lead in the decider and grew in confidence to wrap up victory in 88 minutes.

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Gimeno-Traver is now 3-16 lifetime against players in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Roger-Vasselin converted his third match point opportunity against No. 25 seed Marin Cilic for a 6-2, 7-6(5) victory. Cilic, like Roger Federer, has compiled 20 match wins this year.

Alexander Dolgopolov, 22nd seed in Miami, advanced to the third round with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen in 72 minutes. Dolgopolov reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final in Indian Wells (l. to Federer) last week, beating top seed Rafael Nadal en route.

The Ukrainian next faces Serbian lucky loser Dusan Lajovic, who beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-3 for his first-ever win in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 main draw. Lajovic replaced Tommy Haas in the draw after the German withdrew from the tournament with a right shoulder injury.

No. 2 Seeds Peya/Soares Advance
Max Mirnyi, a four-time champion in Crandon Park, teamed with Feliciano Lopez for a 7-5, 7-6(2) win over Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot. Mirnyi won in 2003 with Roger Federer, in 2005 and 2006 with Jonas Bjorkman, as well as in 2009 alongside Andy Ram. The Belarusian-Spanish duo will face third seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo next.

No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares survived a tight encounter with Kevin Anderson and Mahesh Bhupathi 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 in 87 minutes, joining Australian Open champions Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt as Saturday winners.

French tandems Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin also prevailed. Llodra and Mahut, champions in Rotterdam this year, ousted Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 7-5, 4-6, 10-8, while Benneteau and Roger-Vasselin upset Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 3-6, 6-3, 13-11.

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