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Swiss World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka overcame a second-set hiccup to defeat Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 and booked a spot in the round of 16 of the Italian Open, a key tune-up event for Roland Garros.

Wawrinka on Wednesday converted one of the three break points he created and staved off Paire's lone break opportunity to take the first set, but the Swiss three-time Grand Slam champion's game went south in the second.

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Second-seeded Novak Djokovic had to play some smart tennis in the deciding set to beat French veteran Gilles Simon 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the second round of the men's singles at the ATP Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament.

Top seeded Sir Andy Murray of Britain beat Giles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5 , 7-5 in a tough second round encounter that lasted just under two hours. The Briton will next face Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who ousted Argentine Carlos Berlocq in the second round. Third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland also entered the third round with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

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Roger Federer secured his fifth win at the BNP Paribas Open, the first World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tourney of the season, defeating his Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5.

With Sunday's win, the 35-year-old Federer - who is now the oldest champion in history at Indian Wells - goes up four slots to the sixth place in the ATP rankings and is tied with Serbia's Novak Djokovic as the players with the greatest number of trophies from the California desert venue.

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Swiss tennis great Roger Federer continued his strong run of form at the BNP Paribas Open, defeating American Jack Sock to set up a title showdown against compatriot Stan Wawrinka.

Federer on Saturday raced out to a quick lead and wrapped up the first set of the semi-final match before the first ball change.

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Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka defeated Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-3 to advance to the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open. Wawrinka will now take on Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, who upset the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

"It was a really good match. I'm very happy ... I was serving well. I think I'm moving better and better, and it's all positive so far," Wawrinka said on Monday. "I know how he's playing - more from the baseline, using his power. It's going to be interesting. I never practice with him, so it's going to be the first time we're going to be against each other. So I'm sure it's going to be a good match," he added.

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Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka bowed out of the Dubai Championships after going down to Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur, while Spain's Fernando Verdasco advance to the second round after beating Italian Andreas Seppi on Tuesday.

Wawrinka was defeated in his first match since the Australian Open semi-finals, as 24-year-old Dzumhur beat him 7-6 (4), 6-3. Dzumhur will now take on Spaniard Marcel Granollers in the second round, who eliminated the Czech Jiri Vesely.

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Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer will attempt to win a record-stretching 18th Grand Slam title after surviving a battling performance from compatriot Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open semi-finals on Thursday. He will come up against either his old foe Rafael Nadal or Bulgarian youngster Grigor Dimitrov in the final on Sunday.

The 35-year-old superstar, who had returned to top-level tennis after a six-month injury lay-off, booked a spot in his 28th Grand Slam final with an inspiring victory over the 2014 title holder, Wawrinka.

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