Wawrinka too much for Chardy

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Stanislas Wawrinka eased into the fourth round at Roland Garros with an impressive 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Jeremy Chardy on Friday.

In a cagey start the players traded breaks before both settling down into a good rhythm.

Consequently there was some tight tennis played thereafter as neither gave anything away. The opener seemed destined to be decided by a tie-breaker but at 4-5 Chardy faltered on serve and presented the defending champion with two set points. Wawrinka squandered the first one but then took the set at the next time of asking.

Chardy kept fighting in the second stanza but every question he asked of Wawrinka was answered and in the fourth game the latter broke again. In clinical fashion he would go on to serve-out the set and in doing so assumed a 2-0 advantage.

In the final set there was more of the same with Wawrinka claiming an early break but when attempting to serve-out the match the Swiss star stuttered and for a moment it seemed like Chardy might sneak back into the match as he broke and leveled matters at 5-5.

However, any speculation as to what the outcome might be was put to rest immediately as Wawrinka won the next two games and so advanced to the fourth round where he will play Viktor Troicki after the latter defeated Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

Hallmarks of Warinka’s play on the day were his aggression and also his desire to strike the ball as early as possible and so always put Chardy on the back-foot. Furthermore, the manner in which Warinka moved left few with any doubt as to how he won the tournament last year.

Wawrinka is now the only mens champion left in the draw.

Elsewhere, number 15 seed John Isner prevailed over Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6 (7), 4-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in a five-set thriller.

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