Dubai - Second-seeded Stan Wawrinka has finally won a match at the Dubai Tennis Championships after beating Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday to advance to the second round.
Wawrinka played at the tournament in 2006 and 2008, and lost in the first round both times.
The fourth-ranked Swiss led 5-3 but couldn't close out the first set with his serve. A frustrated Wawrinka crushed his racket at 15-40 in the 11th game of the same set, and received a racket abuse warning.
Earlier, third-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic advanced with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Joao Sousa of Portugal.
"A first match, playing outside after a while, it's a good test," Berdych said. "Don't make it more complicated than needed."
The seventh-ranked Berdych is a two-time finalist in Dubai, in 2013 and '14. He's reached at least the semifinals four of the last five years.
Also, eighth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany defeated wild-card entry Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 6-1, 7-5, and Borna Coric of Croatia beat Czech Jiri Vesely 6-4, 6-4.