ugly win is still a win, says Wawrinka
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[January 20, 2017]
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stan
Wawrinka was not fully convincing in his four-set victory against
Serbian Viktor Troicki but the fourth seed refused to fuss over the
nature of his win after securing his place in the fourth round of
the Australian Open on Friday.
Wawrinka produced an error-ridden first set, then had two
opportunities to serve out for the match in the fourth only to be
broken by the 29th-seed, who also then saved a match point,
The Swiss then advanced with a 3-6 6-2 6-2 7-6(7) victory.
The 31-year-old U.S. Open champion was not prepared to dwell on the
issues he had in putting away the Serb, instead preferring to put
the result in the win column and begin preparations for fourth round
opponent Andreas Seppi.
"It doesn't matter the way you're playing, especially the beginning
of a grand slam. It doesn't change anything," Wawrinka told
"The goal is to win those matches. I don't really care if I play
really well, well, or okay. I want to win. I want to get through
those matches. I want to go as far as possible.
"That's what matters at the end of the day."
Wawrinka's uncomplicated approach has been evident for a number of
While he remembers the victories, like at Melbourne Park in 2014
when he clinched his first grand slam title, he has stated numerous
times that last year's performance has no relevance to this year's.
He also does not take an overly analytical approach to the draw,
telling reporters before the tournament that while he may look at
who is playing who, he can not worry about a potential fourth round
clash if he does not get past the first.
Despite having won the previous seven encounters against Troicki,
the Serb could have been exactly one of those opponents he could
have lost to had he not focused on the match.
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Wawrinka shakes hands after winning his Men's singles third round
match against Serbia's Viktor Troicki. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Wawrinka was broken three times by the Serb in the first set alone
while he committed twice as many (14) unforced errors as the
30-year-old from Belgrade.
The Swiss, however, adjusted to the windy conditions and felt by the
end he was playing well and had rhythm, despite having some blips
when he served for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the fourth set then
dropped a match point in the tiebreak.
"Yeah, it was not always the best tennis, but ... I'm really happy
just to get through," Wawrinka said.
"(It) was close. Tough tiebreak for sure. Served twice for the
match. But it's not a big deal.
"At the end I won in four sets. I'm still here."
(Writing by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Amlan
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