Melbourne - Former champion Stan Wawrinka advanced to the second round of the
Australian Open after his Russian opponent Dmitry Tursunov retired with
an injury on Tuesday.
The Swiss fourth seed was leading 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 when Tursunov called it quits at the start of the third set.
had called the trainer midway through the second set to treat an
apparent hip problem. The Russian told the chair umpire he was unable to
continue any further.
"That's not the way you want to win. Never
happy with an injury of an opponent, but that's part of the game,"
Wawrinka said. "I'm happy to get through the first one.
think he changed his game much because of the injury. I think after a
little bit he couldn't really push more, so that's why he stop."
who beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal on the way to winning the 2014
Australian Open, will face veteran Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek in
the second round.