Wawrinka, Berdych Win Openers

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Stan Wawrinka eased into the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Paolo Lorenzi. The third-seeded Swiss began his campaign in the desert with victory in 78 minutes, winning 75 per cent of his service points and breaking serve twice.


After a surprise first-round loss last week in Dubai (l. to Dzumhur), Wawrinka is looking to get back on track on his 10th visit to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Swiss began 2017 with back-to-back semifinals in Brisbane (l. to Nishikori) and the Australian Open (l. to Federer).

"It's my first win since the Australian Open, so it's been long time and it was good to feel good on the court again," said Wawrinka. "In general, I was moving well. For the first one I think it was very good."

Tomas Berdych withstood a late fightback from Bjorn Fratangelo to beat the American wild card 7-6(4), 6-4. Trailing 2-5 in the second set, Fratangelo recouped one of the breaks in the eighth game before fending off two match points in the ninth game to force Berdych to serve for the contest again. This time the Czech was able to convert his fifth match point, prevailing in one hour and 48 minutes.


The 31-year-old Berdych is making his 13th appearance at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, highlighted by a semifinal showing in 2013 (l. to Nadal).

Philipp Kohlschreiber claimed his 400th tour-level win in a slightly anticlimactic fashion, as Alexandr Dolgopolov retired from their second-round match with a leg injury when leading 7-6(3), 1-1.

"I won most of the 399 before this without a retirement," said Kohlschreiber. "It was a strange situation, because I saw he wasn't moving 100 per cent, but I wasn't sure how bad it was. He has a big game and I was fighting back and going down a break in the first set. I maybe wasn't playing my best tennis, but I was fighting.


"It feels great, it means that I'm pretty old and have been on the tour for a long time. I hope I get the chance to go for 500."

"It really shows that Philipp been a part of the game for a long time and so consistent," said countryman Mischa Zverev, following his second-round victory over Joao Sousa on Saturday. "He's been close to the Top 10 for many years and has beaten many top players. He can play well on any surface and I think he should get more recognition because he's done a lot for the sport as a whole."

Dusan Lajovic came through a tight encounter with Feliciano Lopez, edging the Spaniard 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2) in one hour and 56 minutes. The Serbian could next face World No. 1 Andy Murray, should the Brit get by Vasek Pospisil in the night session.