Wawrinka wins opening match at Key Biscayne

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Wawrinka wins opening match at Key Biscayne

Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns to Daniel Gimeno-Traver, of Spain, at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns to Daniel Gimeno-Traver, of Spain, at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, hits a return to Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, during a match at the Sony Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, returns the ball to Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, keeps his eyes on the ball as he prepares to hit a shot to Daniel Gimeno-Traver, of Spain, during a match at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Daniel Gimeno-Traver, of Spain, returns to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Stanislas Wawrinka bounced back from his first loss of the year with a victory Saturday at the Sony Open.

Playing at Key Biscayne for the first time since 2011, Wawrinka beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.

Wawrinka, who won the Australian Open in January, improved to 14-1 this year. His lone defeat came last week in the fourth round at Indian Wells to Kevin Anderson.

Wawrinka has never reached the quarterfinals in five previous appearances at Key Biscayne, but then he has never been ranked this high.

“I’m No. 2 in the world,” he said. “I know that if I play my best tennis I can be a favorite of the tournament. I know how well I can play.”

Wawrinka hit 33 winners against Gimeno-Traver and shook off some sloppy play midway through the match.

“I was negative in the second set, a little bit stupidly, but then I’m really happy the way I start the third set,” Wawrinka said. “First one here, it’s never easy. The condition was really slow today, really humid. You need to get through.”

No. 7 Tomas Berdych joined Wawrinka in the third round by beating Stephane Robert 7-6 (5), 6-1.

No. 12 Ana Ivanovic advanced to the fourth round by beating No. 20 Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-3. Ivanovic improved to 5-1 this year against top-20 players.

Angelique Kerber, seeded No. 5, defeated Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0, 6-2, and No. 8 Petra Kvitova beat qualifier Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4.

No. 14 Sabine Lisicki withdrew because of the flu, giving No. 19 Kirsten Flipkens a walkover.

Associated Press

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