Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka was happy with the way he kicked off his campaign at the Australian Open. On Monday at Melbourne Park, world No. 18 Wawrinka didn't allow 107th-ranked Pedro Sousa to even come close to a win as he beat the Portuguese 6-3 6-2 6-4.
Wawrinka, who won his maiden Australian Open title in 2014, pulled out from his Murray River Open quarterfinal clash last week but he looked healthy against Sousa. “I think it was a great first round win today. It’s never easy to play your first match here,” Wawrinka said.
“It’s been three weeks that we’ve been here getting ready for this tournament, and I’m happy that I was playing well today. [I was] playing really aggressive, playing some good balls, so I’m really happy to be through to the second round”.
Wawrinka dominated Sousa
Wawrinka failed to convert a break point in the second game but broke Sousa in the third game and then held on to his serve the rest of the set to win the opener. Wawrinka then started the second set with a break and broke Sousa once again in the seventh game en route to taking a comfortable 2-0 lead.
In the third set, Wawrinka broke Sousa in the third game and then didn't allow the Portuguese a single break point in the rest of the match to wrap up a straight-set win. Former world No. 3 Wawrinka plays next against top-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
Meanwhile, Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic defeated Argentine Federico Coria 6-3 6-3 6-2. “It's good to be efficient early on,” Raonic said after the win. “A lot goes on throughout two weeks. There can be really difficult moments.
There's bound to be. So I think to be efficient early on, especially after competing just last week, that kind of efficiency, hopefully it can pay off down the line”.