Dzumhur Upsets Wawrinka In Dubai

Bosnian knocks out defending champion

Damir Dzumhur recorded the biggest match win of his career on Tuesday when he knocked out World No. 3 and defending champion Stan Wawrinka at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The 24-year-old Dzumhur, who is currently No. 77 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and making his debut at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament, recovered from a 0-3 deficit in the first set en route to beating Wawrinka 7-6(4), 6-3 in 72 minutes. He will next play Marcel Granollers in the second round.

"[I was] not good enough," said Wawrinka, who was playing his first match since the Australian Open semi-finals (l. to Federer). "I think I started well, but it was a tough match, missing a little bit something to push a little bit more to be a little bit more active. I think after coming back after one month out, I had to recover from the (right knee) injury."

"The first three games were in, like, six, seven minutes. He was playing outstanding there," said Dzumhur. "Was just hitting every ball. I couldn't even touch the ball. I didn't have a chance to do something. So I knew that it's not too much about my game. It's about his day. If he's going to play like that, he's going to win, I couldn't do anything.

"But I was hoping that he was going to go down with his level of game, and that's what happened. I started to fight, to grind, and I found some way to play, to stay in the game. Playing longer points was giving me more chances."

Fresh from a runner-up showing in Marseille at the weekend, seventh seed Lucas Pouille dismissed Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2 to reach the second round. The Frenchman, who lost out to countryman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Open 13 Marseille title match, won a main draw match in Dubai for the first time in three attempts as he advanced in just 55 minutes.

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Elsewhere, qualifier Evgeny Donskoy beat fellow Russian Mikhail Youzhny, the 2007 and 2010 finalist, 6-4, 6-4 for a clash against seven-time former champion and third seed Roger Federer. Fernando Verdasco set an all-Spanish clash with sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut after beating Andreas Seppi 6-2, 7-5.

Daniel Evans will take on fourth seed Gael Monfils after cruising past Dustin Brown 6-2, 6-3. Two-time runner-up Tomas Berdych advanced after 40 minutes when Lukas Rosol retired because of a left-leg injury down 3-6, 1-2.

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