London, July 5: Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano on Thursday knocked out former world No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (9-7), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) to book a place in the third round of Wimbledon 2018, equaling his best run ever in a Grand Slam tournament.
The match was played over two days, as rain and nightfall forced the encounter to be suspended on Wednesday while the Italian, world No. 133, was trailing 5-6 in the third set and on serve, reports Efe.
When the match was resumed, Fabbiano held serve and managed to clinch the third set tie-break, earning his first career win over Wawrinka, who struggled to regain form. The three-time Grand champion Wawrinka, currently world No. 224, missed the latter part of the last season due to a knee injury that required surgery. Wimbledon 2018 Day 3 Highlight: Madison Keys and Venus Williams Advance to Round 3.
Next up for Fabbiano, who had reached the 2017 US Open third round, will be Stefano Tsitsipas of Greece, who defeated United States' Jared Donaldson 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3.