Basel - US Open champion Stan Wawrinka ended a four-match
Swiss Indoors losing streak on Tuesday as he saved face for seeds on a day of
The three-time Grand Slam winner, who claimed the Flushing
Meadows crown two months ago, overcame local wildcard Marco Chiudinelli 6-7
(1/7), 6-1, 6-4 in struggle lasting two and a half hours.
He needed five match points to reach the second round,
clinching victory with a 16th ace in a match where he struck more than 35
Wawrinka had lost at the last four Basel editions in the
first round; he has never passed the semi-finals in a dozen previous
While Wawrinka squeezed through, a pair of seeds made
opening exits at an event missing both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal through
Lithuanian qualifier Richard Berankis stunned second seed
Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, while Luxembourg's Gilles Muller beat sixth seed
Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 6-4.
Wawrinka admitted he was relieved to have sneaked past
Chiudinelli, an ATP journeyman ranked 119 and childhood friend of fellow Basel
"It was a tough physical and mental battle," Wawrinka
said. "It was a huge fight with Marco, he was playing at home and had the
crowd on his side.
"It was so tough to beat him here. He played great and
I had to fight, I needed to work hard to find a winning solution.
"The third set was so tight, I'm just very content to
get past the first round. I'll prepare for Thursday and hope to go further in
the tournament. The most important thing was to win this match."
Berankis scored a second career victory over Raonic, who is
qualified for next month's eight-man season finale in London.
"Playing the qualifying rally helped me for sure,"
said Berankis, ranked 91 in the world. "My recent results have not been
"I was worried about dropping from the top 100, which
would have meant no direct entry to the Australian Open.
"But I got some confidence from qualifying, that's good
when you step on to the court against a top five player. I'm really happy with
how I performed today."
Muller unleashed 17 aces against Dimitrov, produced 44
winners and broke three times against in his upset win over Dimitrov, the
world-ranked 18 from Bulgaria.
Muller, 37th in the world, pulled ahead of Dimitrov 3-2 in
their career series as he avenged a January semi-final loss in Sydney.
In other matches, Marcel Granollers beat Swiss Henri
Laaksonen 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, Italy's Paolo Lorenzi put out Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6
(7-4) and German Florian Mayer defeated Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-7 (2-7),
6-4.Results on the second day of the Swiss ATP Indoors on Tuesday (x denotes seeded player).
Richard Berankis (LTU) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x2) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x6) 6-7 (9/11), 6-4, 6-4
Marcel Granollers (ESP) bt Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Paolo Lorenzi (ITA) bt Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI 1 bt Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) 6-7 (1/7), 6-1, 6-4
Florian Mayer (GER) bt Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4
David Goffin (BEL x5) bt Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)