Stanislas WawrinkaŠ—Ès unbeaten start to 2014 came to an end at the hands of Kevin Anderson at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells

Wawrinka beaten for first time in 2014



Originally published on 13/03/14

Anderson defeated the Australian Open champion 7-6(1) 4-6 6-1 to end hopes of an all-Swiss quarter-final, as he goes on to face Roger Federer, a 6-4 6-4 winner over Tommy Haas.

Wawrinka, who lifted the title in Chennai before claiming his maiden Grand Slam in Melbourne, saw his 14-match winning streak come to an end in California.

World No.18 Anderson, who came to Indian Wells on the back of consecutive hard-court finals in Delray Beach and Acapulco, claimed his first win against Wawrinka in four attempts.

"For sure he's playing well," said Wawrinka. "He's a tough player to play in fast conditions. He's serving big and always put a lot of pressure.

"But I'm more disappointed with myself. I felt I was tired mentally, but that's not the problem. I should just accept that and be positive. I think I was negative on all the match. I was complaining a lot about my serve, about the way I was playing, and with that, I don't deserve to win matches. I think I should have been more positive with myself, just trying to find solution, because it was still a close match."

There are only two Top 10 players in the quarter-finals following Wawrinka’s loss and Andy Murray’s defeat to Milos Raonic on Wednesday. Raonic came from a set down to claim a 4-6 7-5 6-3 victory and set up a quarter-final clash with Rafael Nadal’s conqueror Alexandr Dolgopolov, a 6-2 6-4 winner against Fabio Fognini.

Novak Djokovic looked to be joining Murray and co. in making an early exit, but the Serb rallied to beat Marin Cilic 1-6 6-2 6-3. The world No.2 will meet Julien Benneteau in the last eight, while John Isner and Ernests Gulbis will meet in the other quarter-final.


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