Straight-sets win the key for Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka knows how important straight-sets wins are to start a grand slam campaign.

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Stan Wawrinka knows how important straight-sets wins are to start a grand slam campaign.

And that is what pleased the defending Australian Open champion most after his hard-fought 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win over Romanian qualifier Marius Copil.

A year ago, he dropped 22 games in the first two rounds on his way to the title.

The Swiss fourth seed has conceded just as many this year, but was simply happy to fight his way through in three sets on a hot Melbourne day.

"It was quite tough match. [I'm] happy to get through, especially in three sets," Wawrinka told a media conference on Thursday.

"Condition wasn't easy today, quite hot, really fast on the court.

"And he was playing great. He was serving big, putting lots of pressure.

"[I] wasn't playing my best tennis, but I'm happy the way I fight today and the way I did with the match."

Wawrinka will fancy his chances of completing another straight-sets win when he takes on Finn Jarkko Nieminen in the third round.

The duo has never met before, but Wawrinka knows what to expect from the 33-year-old veteran.

"He's a tough, tough player, lefty," Wawrinka said.

"[He] loves to play from the baseline in the same rhythm. Loves to use the speed of the ball. It's going to be interesting match."

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