Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland was fortunate to avoid being swept out along with the tide of top-seeded men who have been dismissed early from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
No. 3 seed Wawrinka fended off two match points Wednesday to prevail over lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), and move onto the quarterfinals.
“I wasn’t playing great. I was not moving well at the beginning. I was a little bit hesitating with my game,” Wawrinka said. “I think in general in the third set I played better than the two first sets....You have to be a little bit lucky when he served twice for the match.”
His next opponent will...