Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Stanislas Wawrinka coming out Federer’s shadow

Stanislas Wawrinka in Roland Garros
Stanislas Wawrinka coming out Federer’s shadow
By TRUNG LATIEULE, Associated Press Writer

It’s not easy to stand in the shadow of Roger Federer.

Ask any tennis fan to name a Swiss player ranked in the top 10, and almost everyone will give a quick answer: “Federer.” But Stanislas Wawrinka has also cracked the list, and he joined Federer in the second round of the French Open on Tuesday.

“Today I served really well, especially on the important points, on the difficult ones,” said Wawrinka, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. “It also helped me feel more confident, more reassured.”

In the third set, Wawrinka hit three aces in a row to even the score at 2.

“They can be a very strong weapon, especially if your serves allow you to win points easily,” said Wawrinka, whose best showing at the clay-court major was reaching the third round in 2005.

He did win the junior title at the 2003 French Open, however, and also reached the final at this year’s Rome Masters.

“It makes me much more self-confident,” Wawrinka said. “If I am ranked now at that level, it’s because I’ve won some matches. I’ve beaten some opponents.”

Federer, who advanced to the second round on Monday, has high hopes for his Davis Cup teammate.

“For him, it was just a matter of time, and now at Roland Garros this year he will be able to play well,” Federer said. “I can tell you that in the past he had a difficult draw here at Roland Garros, so I hope that he will produce a good performance.”

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