Wawrinka coasts past Kyrgios

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Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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French Open champion Stan Wawrinka sustained his impressive run of form, lucky shorts and all, to dispatch Australian world number 25 Nick Kyrgios in the Aegon Championships first round.

Fresh from claiming his second grand slam title at Roland Garros, Swiss battler Wawrinka breezed past the brash, likeable Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 at Queen’s Club.

Wawrinka draped his plaid shorts over the press conference table after seeing off Novak Djokovic in the French Open final, and kept faith with the universally-pilloried tailoring for the switch from clay to grass.

The 30-year-old was in good company on the Queen’s centre court up against Kyrgios, the Australian of Greek descent boasting a shock of blond highlights in his spiked black hair.

The 20-year-old, who announced his arrival on the world scene by dumping Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon last year, was unable to live with Wawrinka’s level at Queen’s however.

Wawrinka could have been forgiven for bemoaning his fate on drawing the unseeded but prodigiously-talented and fast-progressing Kyrgios in the first round in west London.

Instead of whining at the fruit of Queen’s jumping from ATP 250 to 500 status, with the draw compacting, Wawrinka duly picked up where he had left off in Paris, playing with typical fuss-free fluidity.

Wawrinka came under pressure in the sixth game of the second set, but fended off three break points to maintain control. After that, he eased home.

Big-serving Kevin Anderson now awaits Wawrinka in the second round, the 6ft 8in South African having dispatched four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt in his last-ever Queen’s run on Monday.

Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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