Wawrinka's mind wanders, but advances in Cincinnati

Thu Aug 20, 2015 1:33am EDT
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(Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic cruised through his opening match at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati on Wednesday, while Stan Wawrinka had to dig deep to beat Borna Coric and conceded his thoughts had been far from tennis over the past few days.

Andy Murray, who beat Djokovic in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday and moved up to second in the world rankings, had a tough second round outing against Mardy Fish but came through 6-4 7-6(1), while Rafa Nadal also advanced after beating Jeremy Chardy.

French Open champion Wawrinka said he had yet to receive an apology from Nick Kyrgios for the Australian's incendiary comment during their match last week.

Kyrgios, 20, drew the ire of the tennis world in Montreal after he insulted Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup, saying that another Australian player, Thanasi Kokkinakis, had slept with Wawrinka's girlfriend.

Though Kyrgios later apologized via Twitter for his comments, he was slapped with two separate fines by the ATP who also raised the possibility the Australian could be suspended.

Wawrinka did not hear the comment at the time, only learning later that it had been audible on television. He admitted after his victory on Wednesday that the past week had been difficult.

"For the past few days for sure my head was not really into the tennis," Wawrinka told Sky Sports television after his 3-6 7-6(3) 6-3 win over Croatian teen Coric.

"What happened people don't see exactly what the consequences are for everybody so I'm trying to put away.

"Today I'm happy with the way I fight. I was playing really bad tennis but most important is the win."   Continued...

Novak Djokovic (SRB) returns a shot against Benoit Paire (not pictured) on day five during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Linder Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports