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)