Stan Wawrinka Stifled by Knee Problems and Pulls out of Open 13

Stan Wawrinka pulls out of Open 13 match due to apparent leg issue Stan Wawrinka hobbled off the court in the Open 13 second round after retiring when trailing 6-4, 1-1 against Ilya Ivashka on Thursday. It was not immediately clear why Wawrinka abandoned against the 193rd-ranked Belarusian, but the three-time Grand Slam champion still appears […]

Stan Wawrinka pulls out of Open 13 match due to apparent leg issue

Stan Wawrinka hobbled off the court in the Open 13 second round after retiring when trailing 6-4, 1-1 against Ilya Ivashka on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear why Wawrinka abandoned against the 193rd-ranked Belarusian, but the three-time Grand Slam champion still appears to be struggling with his troublesome left knee and looked upset as he left the court. This loss follows the 32-year-old Swiss player’s unexpected first-round defeat to 259th-ranked Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor at the ABN AMRO World Tournament in Rotterdam last week.

Ivashka advances to the quarterfinals where he’s up against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who shocked sixth-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych rallied to reach the last eight. The fourth-seeded Czech labored to a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 win against unheralded Italian Stefano Travaglia, who had 18 aces. Berdych next plays seventh-seeded Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Eighth-seeded Filip Krajinovic of Serbia and ninth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov also advanced, but far more easily in straight sets.

Krajinovic won 6-3, 6-3 against French veteran Gilles Simon. Krajinovic was a surprise runner-up at the Paris Masters in November after coming through the qualifiers, and he next faces third-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

The 21-year-old Khachanov was in clinical form in a 6-2, 6-1 win againstMischa Zverev, taking all four of his break-point chances on the German player’s serve.

He next plays 36-year-old FrenchmanJulien Benneteau.

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