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Stan Wawrinka grows in strength to blast past Grigor Dimitrov

• Swiss overcomes sixth seed 1-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 on Centre Court
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The path back towards the top of the game for Stan Wawrinka has been slow and painful and at times it must have seemed as if it might never happen. But there is light at the end of the tunnel. Having returned in January, five months after two operations on his left knee, Wawrinka has struggled for most of 2018. On Monday he defeated the No 6 seed, Grigor Dimitrov, 1-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4 in round one for a victory that must have been almost as satisfying as his three grand slam title wins.

“It is a great feeling to win a match like that on Centre Court,” he said. “To be here and to move that well, felt good. Grigor is a tough opponent to beat. I knew it would be a tough match. My goal was to fight and focus on my game and to always improve during the match, so happy to win like that.

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