Wawrinka dismisses Dolgopolov, sets up Djokovic clash at US Open

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Stanislas Wawrinka came through his third round encounter with Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov with surprising comfort, taking just under two hours to earn a 6-4 6-4 6-2 win. He will face defending champion Novak Djokovic for a place in the quarter finals.

Dolgopolov never looked comfortable throughout and dropped his serve in the very first game after Wawrinka attacked a poor second serve. This would be a recurring theme as the Ukranian struggled to win points on his second serve, taking just 24 of the 57 points available. He did managed to pull it together enough to not drop serve for the rest of the set but this was fairly futile as he could not make any leeway into serve of his opponent.

It didn’t get any better for Dolgopolov on serve. After saving five break points in the first service game of set two, he finally buckled in the next one at the seventh time of asking to give Wawrinka *3-2 lead. Dolgopolov did drag himself into the next service game, getting as far as deuce but it would not be his day on return, as he failed to see a single break point in any of three sets.

The third set saw Wawrinka rush into a 4-0 lead. He remained solid to ensure there would be no such comeback like in the first round against Jesse Levine finally serving out the match to love, ending with an ace. It was an accomplished performance from the Swiss who had far too much class for Dolgopolov. He will not be able to rely on such poor break point conversion however in the next round, taking just 4 of 23 opportunities on offer.

Wawrinka will play no.2 seed Novak Djokovic next, who eased past Frenchman Julien Benneteau in straight sets 6-3  6-2  6-2.

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