Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland’s number two men’s tennis player, has bowed out in the third round of the Australian Open to 14th seed Marin Cilic from Croatia.
Wawrinka, seeded 19, started off on a winning foot, taking the first set 6-4, before losing the next three 4-6, 3-6, 3-6.
After leading 2-1 in the second set in Melbourne, the momentum swung in the Croatian’s favour.
Cilic used his strong forehand to run Wawrinka around the court, exacting a break on his second opportunity for a 3-2 lead.
Wawrinka broke back to square the set at 4-4 but immediately relinquished the advantage to trail 4-5. Cilic served it out to level the match at one set apiece.
Cilic continued his strong consistent game in the remaining sets, taking advantage of Wawrinka’s passive play to win the match.
Switzerland’s world number one, Roger Federer, plays his third-round match on Saturday against Spain’s Albert Montanes, seeded 31.
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