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Gstaad stage fright for Wawrinka

Top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka has won an epic first match at the Swiss Open tennis tournament in the alpine resort of Gstaad.

This content was published on July 9, 2008 - 20:41

The Swiss number two beat on Wednesday compatriot, doubles partner and Davis Cup teammate Stéphane Bohli in two hours and 46 minutes and three hard-fought sets 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, to advance to the quarterfinals. He will now face Argentina's Guillermo Cañas.

Wawrinka, currently tenth in the ATP ranking, lost in a fourth-round match against Marat Safin at Wimbledon.

Bohli, who currently stands at 137 in the professional rankings, scored his first win on the ATP tour on Tuesday with a three-set win over another Swiss player, Robin Roshardt.

If Wawrinka avoided an upset, last year's champion and second seed, Paul-Henri Mathieu of France, lost his opening match in the Bernese Oberland against Croatia's Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4.

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