Wawrinka Passes Chung Test
Wawrinka advances in three tie-breaks
One of the brightest young stars on the ATP World Tour, 19-year-old Chung tested Wawrinka until the final point. The right-hander led Wawrinka by a break in the second set and had a set point in the third-set tie-break, but was denied by the Swiss, who clinched victory in just over three hours.
"I'm happy to get through, it could have been more than three sets...he played some great tennis in those tiebreak and I'm happy to win this match," said Wawrinka. "[He] can be really good, for sure, he's young and already playing well," he said of his opponent.
The Swiss claimed his 100th Grand Slam victory (100-40 record). Wawrinka captured his second Grand Slam championship this season at Roland Garros (d. Djokovic), adding to the Australian Open title he claimed last year (d. Nadal).
"Hopefully with some win[s] and some confidence I will start to play better and better," said Wawrinka.
The 30-year-old Wawrinka has reached at least the quarter-finals in the first three majors of the season and was a semi-finalist at the US Open in 2013 (l. to Djokovic). As he bids to reach the fourth round in New York, he will face Ruben Bemelmans, who advanced when Jack Sock was forced to retire from their contest due to heat illness, complicated by cramping. Sock had been leading 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 2-1.
"It’s going to be exciting for me [and] the first time I’ll play against him," said Bemelmans of Wawrinka. "He’s an amazing player, he’s achieved so many things. I’m going to go out and give everything I have and enjoy [it] on the court and not put too much pressure on [myself].”
Thomaz Bellucci dismissed the challenge of Japanese teenager Yoshihito Nishioka with a 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 victory in one hour and 40 minutes. The 30th seed from Brazil is through to the third round of a major for the first time since 2011 Roland Garros, where he lost to Richard Gasquet. He set a clash with 2012 champion Andy Murray.
Donald Young took down Aljaz Bedene 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours and 46 minutes to reach the third round. The American posted back-to-back wins in New York for the first time since 2011 (fourth-round) and will face Viktor Troicki, who outlasted serve-and-volleyer Rajeev Ram 7-6(10), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Troicki leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Young 1-0 (Madrid 2012), but the pair has never met on hard court or at the Grand Slam level.