Wawrinka through after battling Tursunov withdraws

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Stan Wawrinka needed only two sets to progress to the Australian Open second round after Dmitry Tursunov retired hurt with a hip injury on Tuesday.

Fourth seed Wawrinka, a champion at Melbourne Park in 2014, was leading 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 when Tursunov succumbed to his injury on Margaret Court Arena.

Tursunov - competing in a first grand slam match since the 2014 US Open - went toe-to-toe with the reigning French Open champion in a tight first stanza and even had set point on Wawrinka's serve at 6-5.

However, Wawrinka saw off the danger with three massive serves and the Swiss quickly raced through the tie-break.

That seemingly broke Tursunov's resolve and, after falling 3-0 down in the second, the Russian required a medical time out.

He managed to get on the scoreboard in a nine-minute fourth game, but the effort he had exerted was clearly taking its toll and when Wawrinka powered to a two-set lead that proved to be the end for Tursunov.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Wawrinka [4] bt Tursunov 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 retired

ACES

Wawrinka - 14

Tursunov - 2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Wawrinka - 36/21

Tursunov - 13/23

BREAK POINTS WON

Wawrinka - 1/9

Tursunov - 0/1

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE

Wawrinka - 62

Tursunov - 63

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE

Wawrinka - 89/65

Tursunov - 62/61

TOTAL POINTS

Wawrinka - 82

Tursunov - 66