Wawrinka, currently ATP No. 88, beats Bedene at St. Petersburg Open

by: AP | September 17, 2018

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Aljaz Bedene served for the first set before losing to Stan Wawrinka, 7-5, 7-6 (5). (Getty Images)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Open by beating Aljaz Bedene 7-5, 7-6 (5) Monday.

Bedene served for the first set at 5-4 but Wawrinka won the next three games to take the set. The Swiss player then saved four break points in the second.

"I'm happy with the first win. I think it was a great level," said Wawrinka, who will next face fourth-seeded Karen Khachanov.

Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, missed the end of the 2017 season and much of 2018 with a knee injury. He is now ranked 88th in the world and made the third round at the U.S. Open.

Also, Martin Klizan beat Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-4.


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