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Wawrinka breaks Dimitrov’s heart, Djokovic and Federer advance in Cincy

Stan Wawrinka prevailed in a topsy-turvy battle with Grigor Dimitrov, while Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer made it through to the last 16.

Stan Wawrinka handed Grigor Dimitrov an agonising defeat at the Western & Southern Open, where defending champion Novak Djokovic was joined by Roger Federer in the third round.

Wawrinka prevailed against Dimitrov in a topsy-turvy clash at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Djokovic made a winning start to his title defence, while last year’s runner-up Federer could not be stopped by Juan Ignacio Londero or the weather.



Stan The Man’s gripping 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-4) victory over Dimitrov had it all.

Wawrinka lost the opening set and squandered a 5-1 lead in the third as Dimitrov threatened a stunning comeback.

Dimitrov saved two match points in the process to level it at 5-5 before Wawrinka broke again but the three-time grand slam champion was unable to serve it out.

Wawrinka, though, raced out to a 4-0 lead in the tie-break and eventually closed out his fifth consecutive win against Dimitrov.

Next up for Wawrinka is qualifier Andrey Rublev, who upstaged 15th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2.



Top seed Djokovic overcame a slow start as he saw off Sam Querrey 7-5 6-1 en route to the round of 16.

Djokovic was broken in the opening game of the match after double-faulting on three occasions, but the world number one was not to be denied.

The 16-time grand slam champion was appearing on the singles court for the first time since his remarkable five-set victory against Federer at the All England Club.

“The fact that I’m a reigning champion wasn’t affecting me positively or negatively. There was just excitement to be back on the court competing because it’s been quite a while since the Wimbledon final,” said Djokovic, who meets Pablo Carreno Busta after the Spaniard outlasted John Isner. “But at the same time, I had the nervous start because I haven’t played a match in four weeks. It took a while to adjust to his big game. I made three double faults in the opening game and didn’t have the greatest of starts.”



Also featuring for the first time since losing an unforgettable fifth set 13-12 (7-3) to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, Federer steamrolled Londero 6-3 6-4.

Federer only needed 61 minutes, excluding a lengthy rain delay, to keep his quest for an eighth Cincinnati crown alive.

“[I’m] very happy. I thought it was tricky with the rain delay and everything, but I’m happy to be back on the courts,” Federer, who will face the winner of Wawrinka-Rublev, said. “It’s totally different to the grass courts and the clay courts we have seen, so this is the beginning of a long, long hard-court swing. So it’s nice to start off with a win.”

Elsewhere, the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin and Denis Shapovalov advanced but Borna Coric bowed out.

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