Winning Wawrinka bristles as Peng causes upset

Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:03am EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Second round action at the U.S. Open began with a shock and ended with some late-night drama as men's third seed Stan Wawrinka barked at fans before shouting for joy at his 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (1) win over Thomaz Bellucci on Wednesday.

The day got off to an explosive start with Chinese doubles specialist Peng Shuai upsetting fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-4 and finished under the floodlights in the early morning hours with Wawrinka losing his cool and snapping at the rowdy crowd before escaping with a testy win.

After cruising through the opening two sets, Wawrinka had appeared set for a routine victory but the Swiss suddenly found himself in a titanic struggle with both the 95th-ranked Brazilian and some spectators.

In the third set, Bellucci charged 5-1 ahead to keep the match alive and then secured an early break in the fourth as a frustrated Wawrinka muttered to himself.

With the tension building and the score locked at 5-5 after the Swiss had broken back in the sixth game, Wawrinka's mumblings turned to open rage as he screamed at one heckler to "shut up man".

The Australian Open champion would, however, quickly regain his composure as the set moved to a tiebreak, which he dominated 7-1.

"I was trying to keep the focus you know when you drop your level against Bellucci, it is tough," Wawrinka said in a courtside interview. "He started to play better and it started to be a really tricky match.

"In the fourth set, I tried to focus more on my game. I was playing a little more aggressive at the end of the match and that is what made the difference."   Continued...

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after defeating Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil in a 4th set tie-break during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York August 27, 2014.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton