Stan Wawrinka was tested by Taylor Fritz at Wimbledon on Tuesday but the Swiss ace proved too experienced for the 18-year-old American as he won 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-4.
Fritz will take great heart from his performance as he was able to match his more fancied opponent for long periods of time however the two-time grand slam champion was the worthy winner- his consistency from the back of the court and ability to dominate the big moments were ultimately the difference between the two on the day.
A well-contested opening set went to a tie-breaker after neither player was able to force a break in twelve games. Wawrinka claimed it 7-4.
The second stanza saw Wawrinka stamp his authority on the match in no uncertain terms as he caressed winner after winner en route to taking it 6-1.
Fritz dug-in in the third and showed great character to pull a set back as he won the second tie-breaker of the match.
Wawrinka was not be denied though.
While Fritz was able to register his first break of the match in the fourth, two earlier service game failures from the prodigy meant that the damage had already been done and Wawrinka collected the set 6-4 and with it the match.
Stan the man.
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In the other results from the afternoon matches at SW19, there were wins for Viktor Troicki, Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun, Benoît Paire, John Millman, Albert Ramos-Viñolas and João Sousa over Tristan Lamasine, Alexander Kudryavtsev, Franko Skugor, Albert Montañés, Vasek Pospisil and Dmitry Tursunov respectively.