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Wawrinka holds off Bellucci rally
28 Aug 2014 10:10
Third seed Stan Wawrinka dropped a set against Thomaz Bellucci in the final match of the night session but recovered to reach round three of the US Open.
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The Australian Open champion looked completely in control when he won the first two sets but he was unable to sustain the same level in the third.
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Brazilian Bellucci fought back and a decider looked on the cards when, with the time ticking past midnight, he went a break up in the fourth set.
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This time it was Wawrinka's turn to fight back and, although Bellucci saved two match points in the 10th game, he was well beaten in the tie-break as the Swiss number two came through 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7/1).
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In the third round Wawrinka will meet Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic, who upset 30th seed Jeremy Chardy 6-2 7-6 (8/6) 6-3.
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Lleyton Hewitt was unable to cause another upset at the US Open as he went down in straight sets to sixth seed Tomas Berdych in the first round.
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The 2001 champion knocked out Juan Martin del Potro last year and went on to reach the fourth round but he found the power of Berdych too much to handle.
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Hewitt led 4-1 in the second set but lost the next five games and Berdych eased to a 6-3 6-4 6-3 victory - his 100th in grand slams.
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Seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov began his first grand slam as a top-10 player with an impressive 6-2 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 victory over American Ryan Harrison.
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Dimitrov is a dark horse for the title after his exceptional season, highlighted by beating Andy Murray in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, but this was his first ever win at the US Open.
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