Wawrinka won the fifth consecutive victory over Grigor Dimitrov with a solid decisive game. With an ace in his third match point, he finished the match after two and a half hours, which he could have finished half an hour earlier.
When Wawrinka led the third set with a score of 5: 2 and his own 40:15 service, he made life even more difficult. He forgot the first two ways to finish the game, took a first and shortly after, a second break. And when he made the breakthrough of recent service at 6:05, Dimitrov still managed a break – the third in the series.
Already in the first half hours, Wawrinka had beaten against the winner of the finals of the ATP 2017, which had dropped to 74th place in the standings. Especially with the forehand expressed Swiss problems, which also led to the loss of the first sentence.
Dimitrov's reduced service to the score of 2: 2 in the second set caused the turnaround. With his eighth double fault, the stranger Wawrinka gave his first break. After that, the Swiss was the best player.
On the way to a possible duel in the third round with Roger Federer – it would be the third of two in Cincinnati – the Wawrinka will meet in the second round on the Russian Andrej Rublew (ATP 70). The 21-year-old Moscow player defeated Pole Georgian Basilashvili in three sets.
Tears in Bencic
No luck, the tournament in Cincinnati was taken over by Belinda Bencic. The 22-year-old from Wollerau (WTA 12) lost 4: 0 to 0 to Victoria Asarenka of Belarus (WTA 40) due to a left foot injury.
After Bencic reclaimed her fourth break early in the second round, she decided to leave the court after consulting the physiotherapist before leaving the court in tears. It may also be a precautionary measure for the US Open New York, which begins in less than two weeks.
The tournament in the state of Ohio is not one of Bencic's favorite events. Only in 2015, she made two wins and now she lost for the fourth time her first match. The defeat is also in the fight for the participation of Masters a setback, before the tournament is disputed by Switzerland in the WTA Race in 7th place. In addition, Bencic has offered the opportunity to return to the top 10 worldwide.