LONDON – Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka battled back from a set down to defeat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-4) for a second-round place at the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the women’s event, Germany’s former world number one Angelique Kerber crashed out in the first round with a 6-7 (7-9) 2-6 loss to Estonian Anett Kontaveit.
Dimitrov stole the first set with a late break, but missed three break-point chances in the second as Wawrinka took control and levelled the match.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Wawrinka missed two match points on his serve at 5-2 in the third set, and was broken back twice to make it 5-5 before the pair headed into a decisive tie-break.
In the winner-takes-all affair, Wawrinka raced into a 4-0 lead and, despite a late challenge from Dimitrov, he sealed victory with an ace on his third match point after two hours and 35 minutes.