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Wawrinka wins Casablanca tennis tournament

Stanislas Wawrinka beat Romania's Victor Hanescu 6-2, 6-3 to win the Grand Prix Hassan II tennis tournament in Casablanca on Sunday.

The top-seeded Swiss broke Hanescu twice in the first set and held serve despite landing only 40 per cent of his first serves and double-faulting twice.

Wawrinka’s service improved in the second set as he made 63 per cent of first serves, and he won four games in a row to take a 5-1 lead.

Third-seeded Hanescu rallied for 5-3 on the clay courts, but Wawrinka saved two break points in the ninth game before clinching victory.

It was Wawrinka’s second title on the ATP Tour since he won at Umag, Croatia in 2006.

The world’s top players, including number-one Roger Federer of Switzerland, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, were not on the draw. Wawrinka is ranked 23rd.

The Grand Prix Hassan II tournament is part of the ATP World Tour 250 series. and agencies

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