Wawrinka clinches just second win of 2018

09:41 | 09/02/2018
Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka clinched just his second win of 2018 on Thursday (Feb 8) when he defeated Slovak qualifier Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Sofia ATP quarter-finals.
wawrinka clinches just second win of 2018
File photo of Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka. (Source: REUTERS/Toru Hanai)

The 32-year-old Wawrinka, who missed six months of the 2017 season to undergo two knee surgeries after Wimbledon, will face Viktor Troicki of Serbia on Friday for a place in the semi-finals.

"I expected a tough match," world number 15 Wawrinka told atpworldtour.com. "He's already played a few matches here."

Wawrinka had won just one match this year before the Bulgaria tournament, seeing off Ricardas Berankis at the Australian Open in January before falling to Tennys Sandgren of the United States.

Second round results:

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Viktor Troicki (SRB) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 7-6 (7/4), 1-6, 7-6 (7/5)

Maximilian Marterer (GER) bt Joao Sousa (POR) 7-5, 7-6 (8/6)

Marius Copil (ROM) bt Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 6-2, 6-2

Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Andreas Seppi (ITA) 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/2)

Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-1

AFP/ Reuters photo

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