Wawrinka races to victory over Kyrgios at Queen's

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 16, 2015 9:54 AM

By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Stanislas Wawrinka took only 49 minutes to beat Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Tuesday as he continued to bask in the glow of his French Open triumph.

The Swiss, who stunned Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros earlier this month to claim a second grand slam title, picked up where he left off in Paris with a 6-3 6-4 victory on the sun-drenched west London grasscourts.

Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria also reached the second round, finishing off American Sam Querrey, the 2010 winner, 4-6 6-3 6-4 after bad light interrupted their match at one set all on Monday.

It had looked like a tough assignment for second seed Wawrinka against the man who rocked Wimbledon last year by beating Rafa Nadal and reaching the quarter-final on his debut.

His free-swinging game can take time to adjust to the slick grass, but he served superbly throughout and produced a few trademark backhands to delight a large crowd.

"I'm feeling quite good, for sure. Still need more time on the grass, more adjustment, especially for moving, but today it was a great match," Wawrinka, 30, told reporters.

He said he had never managed to book a practice session with Kyrgios, despite trying on a few occasions, and would not have learned much about the precocious Aussie in a contest that flashed by before many of the corporate ticket holders had made it back from lunch.

Kyrgios never looked happy as he set foot back on the grass after pulling out of last week's tournament in Den Bosch with an elbow problem and threatened only briefly, when he had two break points at 2-3 in the second set.

Wawrinka snuffed out that danger, though, and moved through to set up a meeting with big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.

Later on a high-quality day of first-round action at the traditional pre-Wimbledon tune-up, Rafa Nadal, fresh from winning the Stuttgart title on grass, faces Alexandr Dolgopolov and three-times former champion Andy Murray plays Lu Yen-hsun.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)