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Wawrinka Beats Robredo, Plays Nishikori In QFs

New York, U.S.A.

Wawrinka© Getty ImagesStan Wawrinka reaches the US Open quarter-finals for a third time.

World No. 4 Stan Wawrinka saved two set points in a crucial third-set tie-break before prevailing against No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 on Monday for a place in the US Open quarter-finals.

The third seed will next play Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who beat Milos Raonic in the night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium that finished at 2:26 a.m. local time.

Wawrinka, who earned a walkover in his third-round match, struck 75 winners – with his 27 in the third set surpassing Robredo’s total of 19 for the match. He converted four of his six break points, while saving six of the eight faced on serve.

"I think there were a few moments in the match that made a big difference," said Wawrinka. "Mentally I was really strong today. I was accepting the fact that I was really down physically in the third set, that I was struggling a lot with cramping and everything. But I wasn't complaining about that. I stayed positive with that.

"Tried to find a solution how to relax mentally, how to be better, in better shape after and how to fight with him. To find a solution in the game, try to be a little bit more aggressive, try to start again to take my forehand back, not only playing backhand. A few little changes that made a big difference at the end of the match."

The 29-year-old Swiss defeated the 32-year-old Robredo for just the third time in nine FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings. He also beat the Spaniard in the Round of 16 earlier this year at the Australian Open, and went on to claim his first Grand Slam title with victory over Rafael Nadal in the final.

Wawrinka is through to the US Open quarter-finals for a third time. Last year, he reached the semi-finals with back-to-back wins over Top 5 players Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray before falling to Novak Djokovic

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