Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka admitted it was all but easy against world No. 85 Andreas Seppi in their Australian Open second round clash. Wawrinka, ranked at No. 15 in the world, avoided a surprise exit as he edged out the Italian 4-6 7-5 6-3 3-6 6-4 to reach the third round at Melbourne Park.
Seppi had a golden chance to take a two-set lead but he failed to serve out for the second set in the 10th game. The Italian also had a great chance to win the fifth set but he got broken twice in a row after taking a 4-3 lead in the decider.
"It was a tough five-setter that could have gone either way,” Wawrinka said after the match, per the ATP Tour. “I kept fighting and I’m super happy to get through." Wawrinka knows he will have to lift his level going forward as next up for him will be the big-serving American John Isner.
"Tough match. We all know he is a very dangerous player, serving big. You don't get a lot of opportunity. You need to stay strong, be aggressive, try to make him play as much as possible. That's it. Stay positive all the match," Wawrinka said of his upcoming clash.