Tennis

Published: Thursday September 26, 2013 MYT 10:15:00 PM
Updated: Thursday September 26, 2013 MYT 10:16:52 PM

Wawrinka sails into Malaysian Open q-finals

Stanislas Wawrinka serves a shot to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the Malaysian Open match. Wawrinka won 6-1, 7-5.

Stanislas Wawrinka serves a shot to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in the Malaysian Open match. Wawrinka won 6-1, 7-5.

KUALA LUMPUR: Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland made a strong start to his Malaysian Open tennis championships, registering a 6-1, 7-5 win over Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Thursday night.

World No. 10 Wawrinka fired six aces en route to taking the second round victory in 65 minutes. The Swiss player, who had a bye in the first round, took his winning record against Baghdatis to 4-0.

In the quarter-finals, Wawrinka will face the winner of the second round match between sixth seed Dmitry Tursunov of Russia and Spanish wildcard Pablo Carreno Busta.

“It’s never easy in your first match. I played aggressive and I am happy with how I played. I am here to win every match and I know I have to play my best tennis,” said Wawrinka, who is making his first appearance in Malaysia.

Fourth seed Jurgen Melzer of Austria also reached the last eight. He defeated German qualifier Mischa Zverev 7-5, 6-4.

In a match featuring eight breaks of serve, Melzer converted five of his nine opportunities to prevail in 87 minutes.

The 32-year-old Melzer, who is chasing his second ATP World Tour title of the season following his victory at the Winston-Salem Open in the United States last month, faces Argentinian Federico Delbonis on Friday.

“I was struggling today. I didn’t play my best tennis. But at the end of the day, it’s just important that you have a next match to play,” said Melzer.

“I think in general I’m hitting the ball well. I just have to find my rhythm,” said Melzer.

World No. 77 Joao Sousa finished strongly to defeat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 4-6, 7-5, 6-0 in just over two hours. The Portuguese will take on top seed and world No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain for a place in the semi-finals.

In the men’s doubles, the American Eric Butorac and South African Raven Klaasen combined to upset top seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan and Dutchman Jean-Julien Rojer 6-3, 4-6, 10-3 in the first round.

Tags / Keywords: tennis, Malaysian Open, Stanislas Wawrinka, Jurgen Melzer, Marcos Baghdatis, Mischa Zverev

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