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ATP Gstaad: Wawrinka and Monaco through to quarter-finals

Steven Webb in ATP Tour 25 Jul 2013
Stanislas Wawrinka is aiming to make his fifth ATP final of the season.

Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka and fourth seed Juan Monaco won their opening matches in contrasting styles at the Credit Agricole Suisse Open on Wednesday.

Monaco dispatched Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2 in just over an hour. The Argentine won 75% of his first serve points and broke his opponent four times. It was sweet revenge for their most recent encounter, a marathon battle in the first round of the US Open last year which Garcia-Lopez won in a final set tie-break. 

Monaco, who fell out of the top 20 after failing to defend his title in Hamburg last week, will play sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny in the quarter-finals on Friday. Youzhny toiled for over two hours against Spain’s Pablo Andujar, eventually emerging a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 winner. Monaco are Youzhny are tied at 1-1 in their head-to-head.

Playing for the first time since losing to Lleyton Hewitt at Wimbledon, Stanislas Wawrinka looked a tad rusty in Gstaad. The Swiss surrendered a double break lead in the second set of his match with Daniel Gimeno-Traver, but held firm in the tie-break to complete a 7-5, 7-6 win in one hour, 34 minutes. 

“It is always tough conditions here on the fast clay, and there is also wind to deal with,” said Wawrinka. “I’m very happy to get through.”

Currently 10th in the ATP rankings, Wawrinka is enjoying one of his best seasons on tour. He has reached four finals, and won the Portugal Open back in May, defeating David Ferrer in the showpiece match. He will play fifth seed Feliciano Lopez in the last eight, a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 winner over Andrey Kuznetsov. 

On Thursday, Roger Federer will play his first match in the Swiss Alps since he won the title in 2004. The top seed will take on Daniel Brands, who pushed him to three sets in Hamburg. Although Federer was happy to joke around as he was gifted a cow by tournament organisers, the 17-time Grand Slam champion will be deadly serious as he bids for his second title of 2013. He will take to the court at 4pm GMT, after third seed Janko Tipsarevic plays his opening match with Robin Hasse.

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