LONDON (AP) — Stan Wawrinka began his latest bid for a first grass-court title by defeating Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-3, 6-4 to reach the second round at Queen’s Club on Tuesday.
Playing his first match since defeating Novak Djokovic to lift the French Open trophy, and wearing check shorts similar to those which drew so much attention in Paris, the Swiss needed patience before eventually gaining an advantage.
A backhand error from Kyrgios gave Wawrinka a break and a 5-3 lead, and after serving out the set to love, Wawrinka swiftly confirmed his lead by breaking for 2-1 in the second set.
The No. 2 seed then had to fight off three break points at 3-2 before securing victory with his ninth ace.
Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov completed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over 2010 winner Sam Querrey of the United States after their first-round match was suspended overnight at one set all.
Querrey saved 2 break points to hold for 3-2, but the sixth seed from Bulgaria struck a forehand winner to break for 5-4.
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