Champion Wawrinka eases into third round

Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:45am EST
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By Greg Stutchbury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka has a simple philosophy in the defense of his Australian Open title, no looking back, do not look too far ahead and win seven successive matches.

"I don't compare last year to this year," the 29-year-old Swiss told reporters after he produced a workmanlike performance to overcome Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 7-6(4) 7-6(4) 6-3 in the second round on Thursday.

"When you start the tournament you focus on the new... on this tournament this year.

"Again, all my focus is on what I'm doing and that's it.

"It's been two matches now... (and) to win two first matches in three sets, it's great.

"(But) nothing (is) compared to last year."

Wawrinka was rarely troubled by Copil, the lowest ranked player in the second round at 194, but he was made to work hard and the Swiss was pleased to have wrapped it up in straight sets.

"It was quite tough match," Wawrinka added. "Conditions weren't easy. Quite hot. Really fast on the court. And he was playing great. He was serving big, putting lots of pressure.   Continued...

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland hits a return to Marius Copil of Romania during their men's singles second round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha