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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.

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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