Trio breeze into quarters
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:58
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka, seeded third, saw off American Michael Russell 6-3 6-4.
A solitary break was enough to see him through the first set and, though the players traded breaks early in the second, Wawrinka crucially took his opponent’s serve again to close out victory in 91 minutes.
Fifth seed Dudi Sela needed a tie-break to claim the opening set against another American, Kevin Kim, after the pair wasted three break points apiece.
He comfortably took that decider 7/3 before two breaks in a one-sided second set earned him a 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 win.
Germany’s Michael Berrer was pushed even harder in his opening set against Frenchman Stephane Robert, winning it 8/6 in a tie-break.
But the seventh seed also broke twice to claim the second set and complete a 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 win in an hour and 40 minutes.
Slovakian Lucas Lacko was the day’s other winner, sinking Robby Ginepri 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 to complete a dismal day for the USA.