Goffin's hopes over as he succumbs to Benneteau

Angelo Anderson
January 18, 2018

Three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka was a second-round casualty on Thursday night after a heavy loss to unseeded American Tennys Sandgren.

USA wildcard Tim Smyczek fell 6-4 6-2 7-6 (7-2) to 21st-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who earned a shot at six-time champion Novak Djokovic.

The Belgian seventh seed dominated the opening set in ferocious conditions but the match changed direction after 36-year-old Benneteau won the second set on a tiebreak.

The French veteran, who was once ranked as high as No. 25 in ATP rankings but is now placed 59 in he world, overcame a one-set deficit and 14 double faults to register a 1-6 7-6 6-1 7-6 win over his Belgian counterpart in two hours and 54 minutes. He lost both five-setters he played previous year at the majors to Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon and to Juan Martin del Potro at the US Open.

Del Potro remains a title dark horse after seeing off Russian Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (0-7) 6-4.

Elsewhere, Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem fought back from two sets in arrears to out-muscle American qualifier Denis Kudla in a draining five-set classic.

In another men's singles, the 13th seed, Sam Querrey of America faced a shocking defeat as he went down 6-4 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-2 against world number 80 Marton Fucsovics.

Argentine Nicholas Kicker, the five-set slayer of Australian Jordan Thompson, pushed past Slovak Lukas Lacko 6-2 7-5 1-6 7-5, while Novak Djokovic pushed past an exhausted Gael Monfils in four sets.

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