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Wawrinka Tested En Route To Third Round

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Wawrinka© Getty ImagesWawrinka eached the US Open quarter-finals in 2010, his best result at Flushing Meadows.

Third seed Stan Wawrinka survived a grueling test against Thomaz Bellucci before advancing to the third round of the US Open Wednesday night. Playing without fear and plenty of flair, the left-handed Brazilian was threatening to take the match to a deciding fifth set when he went up a break in the fourth. 

But Wawrinka, who broke back before blowing two match points on Bellucci’s serve at 5-4, steadied to gut out a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1) win under lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Wawrinka took immediate charge in the tie-break, claiming two mini-breaks to go ahead 3-0 and then served back-to-back aces to race to an insurmountable 5-0 lead.

Asked by ESPN how he let his momentum slip after winning the first two sets, Wawrinka said: “[In the first two sets] I was really aggressive and coming to net as much as I could. I was trying to keep the focus, but when you drop your level against a player like Bellucci, it’s tough. It was a streaky match.”

Wawrinka will next play Blaz Kavcic in the third round. “He's tough player,” said Wawrinka. “I saw him play against Jeremy [Chardy] today. He's serving big. He likes to stay on the baseline, dictate from the baseline. Again, [it’s] going to depend on my level… my focus. I'm feeling great. I'm ready.”

Kavic beat No. 30 seed Chardy 6-2, 7-6(6), 6-3 earlier on Wednesday.

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