Stan Wawrinka battled hard, but in a tough early-round encounter at the Australian Open against Milos Raonic lost. Raonic struck 39 aces to knock out the 2014 champion 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 7-6(11), 7-6(5). Wawrinka led 5-2 and served to force a fifth set at 5-4, but Raonic broke for only the second time and held his nerve in a fourth tie-break.
“It’s frustrating to lose to a match with four tie-breaks,” said Wawrinka, of his second-round exit. “I think the level today was quite good. I’m happy if I look at the big picture. I’m happy with my level, the way I was moving, the way I’m playing in general. I think he also played really well. For sure, when it’s that tight, the match can change in one, two points. It’s frustrating to lose early here, as I wanted to go deeper [and] I wanted to win more matches… I’m looking forward for the rest of the year.”
Wawrinka had beaten Ernests Gulbis 3-6, 3-1 in the first round when the Latvian retired.