INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA
Wawrinka, Ferrer Power Into Rome Third Round; Raonic Advances
by ATP Staff|
There was no repeat of Stanislas Wawrinka’s shock opening-round exit from Madrid on Tuesday as the Swiss made a thumping start to his Internazionali BNL d’Italia campaign, beating qualifier Pere Riba 6-0, 6-3.
The third-seeded Wawrinka advanced in just 50 minutes, winning 83 per cent of his service points and breaking his Spanish opponent four times. He hit 30 winners to just 12 unforced errors and won 10 of his 15 net approaches. The 29 year old reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Rome six years ago, finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic.
Wawrinka has compiled a 21-4 match record on the season, winning his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open (d. Nadal) and his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown last month at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (d. Federer).
"I am happy playing on every surface and I think I can play my best game on every surface, but I am always happy to come back on the clay," said Wawrinka. "I only need two days of practice, like in Monte-carlo, and I can play my best game. That’s the difference. On clay I know that there are less players I am scared to play."
Fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer also made a strong start to his Rome campaign as he dismissed Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 6-2. Ferrer dropped serve twice, but capitalised on six of his nine break points for the 67-minute victory.
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych will open his title bid against Dmitry Tursunov after the Russian upset in-form Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-0, 7-6(4), in 83 minutes. The 31-year-old Tursunov earned his first win since reaching the second round in Monte-Carlo, where he was beaten by Berdych.
Milos Raonic fought off a second-set fightback to beat Simone Bolelli 6-3, 7-6(5) in the second round. The eighth-seeded Canadian saved two set points, serving at 5-6, 15/40 in the 12th game before rallying from a 1-4 deficit in the tie-break to clinch victory in one hour and 40 minutes.
The 23-year-old Raonic improved to a 13-6 mark on the season as he claimed his first win in four visits to the Foro Italico. "I think he made it more difficult on me than the crowd," Raonic told ATPWorldTour.com. "I thought he was playing well. He's been playing well since he's come back from his injury. He was able to control it a bit more than I was. I got fortunate to play well in the important moments."