World No 3 Stanislas Wawrinka came out on top in his slug fest with Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov at the French Open.
Wawrinka won 6-4 7-6 7-5 on Thursday and moved into the third round in Paris as he looks for a second title at Roland Garros.
The 2015 champion, who has yet to drop a set in this tournament, may have won in three sets but it was tougher than it looked with Dolgopolov, a former top 20 player, giving him a run for his money.
They broke each other once early in the first set and both players aggressively looked for quick winners with their rallies lasting an average of 2.8 shots.
The 32-year-old Wawrinka, aiming to become only the third man in the professional era to win three or more slams after turning 30, squeezed in another break to snatch the first set with a fierce backhand down the line.
The pair traded blows in a finely balanced second set before taking it into a tiebreak, with Wawrinka again emerging victorious. He sealed the second set with an ace.
It was a similar story in the third set with both players pummelling each other until Wawrinka broke Dolgopolov a second time to clinch victory and deny the world number 89 his first third round spot in Paris since 2011.
By: Daily Mail