Wawrinka has begun his title defence with a comfortable win over Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan in Melbourne.
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Wawrinka was in full control for the match that lasted just one hour and 19 minutes.
The Swiss started well early, breaking Ilhan’s first service game and never looked back, closing out the first set in just 20 minutes.
Ilhan struggled to deal with Wawrinka’s control over longer rallies, but was able to take four games off the world number four in the second set.
The third set saw the Swiss break Ilhan’s serve early again, before racing out to a 5-1 lead in seemingly no time after claiming a double break.
Wawrinka will now face the winner of Marius Copil and Pablo Andujar on Thursday.