NEW YORK (AP) — Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka tumbled into the stands, kept calling for the trainer to treat cramping, and still pulled away to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals.
The third-seeded Wawrinka won 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Monday against Tommy Robredo, who has given him trouble in the past. The 16th-seeded Spaniard had a chance to serve out the first set and had two set points in the third, but Wawrinka rallied both times, and then dominated the final set.
"That's why I'm normally so strong, because I know that I have (a) few lives," Wawrinka said. "Even if I can feel really bad, I always find solution how to get better, how to relax physically, and at the end I was feeling good."
Leading 4-3 in the third, Wawrinka chased after Robredo's overhead and realized he was about to crash into the barrier behind the sideline. Wawrinka hurdled it and landed on some spectators.
He quickly scrambled back onto the court and stayed down on his knees for a few moments. After walking over to his chair, he stretched his right leg, and then rotated it around.
Once play resumed, his movement seemed fine. The trainer had already been working on that leg during changeovers.
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