Stan Wawrinka outfoxes Benoit Paire in Rotterdam, but Hyeon Chung falls early
Stan Wawrinka proved to be too good for Benoit Paire in the opening round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
The three-time Grand Slam winner stood firm when Paire was on form early on, but then ran away with proceedings to secure a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 win in one hour and 13 minutes.
It was the Frenchman who broke first in game seven, but Wawrinka drew level three games later and then won the tie-breaker.
The second-set proved to be one-way traffic for the Swiss, who won the title in 2015, as he broke three times.
“It was difficult to play against a good friend and we played some good shots. Winning the first set was the key and I played with confidence in the second set,” he said.
“Being back in Rotterdam is great. There is a great atmosphere here and [tournament director] Richard Krajicek is doing a great job to keep improving the tournament.”
He will face either Milos Raonic or Phillip Kohlschreiber in the second round.
Nikoloz Basilashvili accounted for Hyeon Chung’s exit as the ninth seed came back from a set down to win 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.
Dutch hopes suffered a big blow on Monday as local hero Robin Haase was beaten 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) by Ukrainian Mikhail Kukushkin while Italian Andreas Seppi defeated Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-2.
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