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Wawrinka advances to Italian Open pre-quarters

IANS logoIANS 18-05-2017

Wawrinka on Wednesday converted one of the three break points he created and staved off Paire's lone break opportunity to take the first set, but the Swiss three-time Grand Slam champion's game went south in the second, reports Efe.

After winning 16 of his 18 first-serve points in the opener, Wawrinka won a shocking three of 11 points after putting his first serve in play in the second set, resulting in two breaks of serve.

The 32-year-old Wawrinka, however, righted the ship at the start of the third set to jump out to a 3-0 lead and secure the win in one hour and 42 minutes.

The third-seeded Swiss, whose victory was revenge for his loss to Paire last week at another elite clay-court event, the Madrid Open, will next take on big-serving American John Isner.

Most of the other favoured men's players also notched victories on Wednesday, with No. 4 seed and seven-time champion Rafael Nadal, fifth-seeded Milos Raonic, seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori and eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem all advancing to Thursday's round of 16.

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