Wawrinka, 2014 Monte-Carlo Champ, Ousts Pouille

14 April 2019 06:11
Former World No. 3 and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka recovered from a slow start to defeat Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday and advance to the second round of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. On the verge of dropping the first set at 3-5, Wawrinka found his best level to claim seven straight games and establish a commanding 7-5, 3-0 lead. After failing to capitalise on his first two match points, Wawrinka converted his third opportunity with a well-placed forehand volley. The 34-year-old Swiss will be hoping to find his best form in the Principality after a second-round loss to Filip Krajinovic at the Miami Open presented by Itau. Wawrinka will meet Marco Cecchinato or Damir Dzumhur for a place in the third round. The World No. 36 has reached the quarter-finals or better in Monaco on five occasions. Borna Coric earned his 10th tour-level victory of 2019, which is just his second win in four appearances at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament. In a rain-delayed encounter, the 22-year-old overcame BNP Paribas Open quarter-finalist Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 in two hours and 52 minutes. Coric needed two attempts to serve out the match after dropping serve at 5-4 in the decider, but recovered quickly to book his place in the second round. The ninth seed will face Jaume Munar or Lucas Catarina of Monaco for a spot in the third round. Last year's semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov also advanced, beating Matteo Berrettini of Italy 7-5, 6-4. The 27-year-old, who improves to 13-6 in Monte-Carlo, saved six of eight break points en route to victory. In the only other singles match of the day, Argentine Guido Pella overcame two break points at 4-4 in the third set before beating Rio de Janeiro champion Laslo Djere 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-4 in two hours and 25 minutes. Pella will next play seventh seed Marin Cilic, whom he defeated last year at Wimbledon in five sets. .videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0; } .videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }.readfullarticle

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