Wawrinka survives bumpy start to Sony Open

Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:42pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

MIAMI (Reuters) - Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka survived a rollercoaster start to his Sony Open campaign on Saturday, advancing to the third round with a bumpy 6-0 3-6 6-3 win over Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

The third seeded Swiss, playing just his second event since his milestone win in Melbourne, came out guns blazing blasting through the opening set in just 18 minutes but then made tough work of the remainder of his center court clash, needing nearly an hour and a half to finally tame the Spaniard.

"I started well first set," said Wawrinka, now the number one Swiss ahead of Roger Federer. "It wasn't going that well but I was positive, ready.

"Problem is I still have some up and down mentally.

"I was negative in the second set, a little bit stupid, but then I'm really happy the way I started the third set."

Wawrinka said, "It was important to come back strong, to move well again, to play aggressive, to push him, and was important to get the break early."

After Wawrinka stormed through the first set and held serve to open the second, the momentum suddenly swung the Spaniard's way, Gimeno-Traver claimed the early break on a misfiring Wawrinka to go up 3-2 and then broke the Swiss again to level the match.

Wawrinka, however, steadied himself with a break to open third and again to close out the contest to end an up-and-down performance.   Continued...