Wawrinka wins revenge against Verdasco
By Larry Fine
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two-times grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka dealt Fernando Verdasco a rare first-round loss at the U.S. Open, sweeping aside the Spaniard in straight sets on Tuesday.
The third-seeded Swiss dominated the left-handed Verdasco with his punishing groundstrokes and solid service game to claim a measure of revenge with a 7-6(4) 6-4 6-4 victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Verdasco, ranked 46th, had won 12 of his 13 previous first-round matches at Flushing Meadows.
Wawrinka, winner of last year's French Open and the 2014 Australian Open, had trailed Verdasco 3-2 in head-to-head action after falling to the Spaniard in straight sets in the first round this year at the Queen's Club run-up to Wimbledon.
"I'm really happy. I think it was a great match, especially for first round," Wawrinka told reporters. "You never expect to play your best game and (be) full of confidence, but I think the level was quite high."
Wawrinka hit seven winners off his one-hand backhand among his 30 total for the match, blasted in seven aces and turned away all four break points held by the Spaniard.
"Fernando is a tough player to play. He can be really aggressive. He don't give you so much rhythm, so it's not easy," the Swiss said.
"I was really focused on myself. I was moving really well for first one. I'm getting some confidence from that match," added Warwinka, who said he had spent more than a week in New York preparing for the tournament. Continued...