September 2, 2016 / 3:38 AM / in a year

Wawrinka rolls into third round at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twice grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka rallied from 5-2 down in the second set to clinch victory over Italian Alessandro Giannessi on Thursday and reach the third round of the U.S. Open.

Sep 1, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland hits a forehand against Alessandro Giannessi of Italy (not pictured) on day four of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Wawrinka won 6-1, 7-6(4), 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

After dominating the opening set, the third-seeded Swiss battled back to force a tie break and then broke the Italian in the final game of the match to finish a 6-1 7-6(4) 7-5 victory.

“I was trying to be a little more aggressive,” said Wawrinka, who blasted 57 winners, including 26 off his forehand.

“I‘m very happy the way I won the match.”

Wawrinka will now face either Germany’s 27th seed Alexander Zverev or unseeded Briton Daniel Evans.

Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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