French Open champ Stan Wawrinka survives upset bid in Cincy


Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, wipes sweat from his forehead during his match against Borna Coric, of Croatia, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


Borna Coric, of Croatia, returns a shot to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


MASON, Ohio (AP) — Fourth-seeded Stan Wawrinka fought off Borna Coric’s upset bid and advanced to the Western & Southern Open third round with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 win Wednesday.

The French Open champion didn’t take control until he broke Coric’s serve in the sixth game of the third set and then held for a 5-2 lead. He will meet Ivo Karlovic in the third round.

Twelfth-seeded Richard Gasquet survived a first-set tiebreaker and advanced with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis. Gasquet will face seventh-seeded Marin Cilic in the third round.

Jerzy Janowicz beat wild card Jared Donaldson 6-4, 7-6 (4).

In a matchup of unseeded women’s players, Karin Knapp defeated Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-1.

Rain delayed the start of play Wednesday for 35 minutes.

Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, wipes sweat from his forehead during his match against Borna Coric, of Croatia, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/web1_105312961-e691702ec5b0436d83bc72a818a714c4.jpgStanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, wipes sweat from his forehead during his match against Borna Coric, of Croatia, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Borna Coric, of Croatia, returns a shot to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2015/08/web1_105312961-cb73bdafc8e942ad87ff20f67a4640fe.jpgBorna Coric, of Croatia, returns a shot to Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)