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Defeating 'Little Federer', Stan Wawrinka entered the 2nd round of 2019 Rogers Cup

Defeating 'Little Federer', Stan Wawrinka entered the 2nd round of 2019 Rogers Cup

The 34-year-old Swiss player Stan Wawrinka defeated Grigor Dimitrov after 2 sets with the same score 6-4 in the opening match of the Masters in Montreal this week.

Stan Wawrinka scored 12 direct passes (ace) and won 86% of the first serve (31/36) before completing the sixth victory of 10 Bulgarians' nicknames "Little Federer".

Since being defeated by Reilly Opelka in the last Wimbledon round, this is the first tournament Wawrinka returns to play. In his career, "Steelman" won a Masters title, which was in Monte Carlo five years ago.

"It is very difficult to defeat Grigor but I think I have a good serve. I have a full attack on the field and I'm really happy to win. It's great to be back in Montreal," Wawrinka said after match.

Swiss player has a chance to extend the winning circuit before Karen Khachanov has 3 consecutive matches when the two players meet in the next round 2.

Elsewhere, Jan-Lennard Struff continued to maintain high form when winning easily Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after 2 sets with the same score 6-2. The German player rescues only one face break-point and wins 51% of the payoff in the match.

In the next match, Struff will encounter No. 13 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, who overcame Dusan Lajovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to extend his winning streak to six consecutive matches since defending successfully. Championship in Hamburg last month.