Champion Wawrinka gets title defense off to flying start

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Posted: Jan 19, 2015 10:46 PM

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka's title defense got off to a flying start at the Australian Open on Tuesday, the Swiss easing past Turkish battler Marsel Ilhan 6-1 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round.

Though struggling to land his first serve, the fourth seed barely broke a sweat on a steamy day at Melbourne Park, blasting 34 winners to wrap up the match in less than one and a half hours at Rod Laver Arena.

Wawrinka raised a gasp from the crowd when he took a tumble on the court stretching for a volley late in the first set, but was untroubled thereafter and sealed the one-sided contest with a cross-court volley.

He will play the winner of Romanian qualifier Marius Copil and Spaniard Pablo Andujar in the next round.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by John O'Brien)