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Wawrinka, seeded players sweep matches at Swiss Open

July 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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GSTAAD, Switzerland, July 24 (UPI) -- No. 2-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka claimed a straight-set win Wednesday that lifted him into the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open.

Wawrinka, the second-highest rated Swiss player, behind Roger Federer, held off a late charge to defeat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).

Wawrinka posted the first break of the match to win the first set and then won the first four games of the second before Gimeno-Traver rallied and forced the tiebreaker. Wawrinka was able to move ahead midway through the tiebreaker and closed things out from there.

Wawrinka's win led a four-match sweep by seeded players Wednesday.

No 4-seeded Juan Monaco had the clearest result, beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2 without facing a break point. Monaco won half of the points when receiving serve and nearly three-quarters off his serve.

Fifth-seeded Feliciano Lopez took out Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-3, firing off nine aces and saving the only break point he faced.

Mikhail Youzhny, the sixth seed, was pushed to a third set before prevailing 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 over Pablo Andujar. Youzhny lost all three break points Andujar managed but all were in the second set.

Wawrinka will go against Lopez and Monaco takes on Youzhny in Friday's quarterfinals.

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