Wawrinka's laboured win sets up showdown with Andy

Team Murray will have been watching this match closely and, although they may have preferred the British No 1's fourth-round opponent to be American qualifier Jesse Levine, they must be delighted that Stanislas Wawrinka – on the evidence of this match at least – doesn't appear to pose a great threat.

Although the Swiss, 24, won 5-7 7-5 6-3 6-3, he did not convince and will have to raise his game, and then some, in his match against Andy Murray tomorrow. "I am looking forward to it," Wawrinka said about their meeting, which he hoped would be on Centre Court. "It will be a big occasion, maybe the biggest match I have played."

Removing the last qualifier in the main draw should have been a straightforward task for the world No 18 and Olympic gold medallist, who beat Levine, 21, in their only previous meeting, at Indian Wells last year. But he was made to work for his victory in a match lasting just over three hours.

The American left-hander took a few games to get going and was 5-2 down at one point but he came back strongly and took the first set 7-5. Levine, who spent two years at the Nick Bollettieri academy, has a terrific serve, runs everything down, is quick around the court and likes to come to the net early. His tricky game meant Wawrinka could not get into a rhythm and was unable to convert most of the break points he had during the match.

Wawrinka struggled to get past a youngster in a hurry. By contrast Levine was all energy and zippiness and, dressed in baggy shorts, loose shirt and peaked cap, looked like the college boy he recently was at the University of Florida.

In the second set, Wawrinka had to come back from a 4-2 deficit but with strong serving, beautiful groundstrokes and some quite magnificent returns of serve he took the set 7-5. However, Levine still was not offering up the match, and he kept calm even when he was on the wrong end of some shocking line calls.

In the third set, Wawrinka finally found his groove. His groundstrokes became more punishing and accurate, he finally began to serve consistently – with 17 aces overall – and he kept Levine in the back court, where he caused him fewer problems.

In the sixth game, Wawrinka attacked Levine's serve and broke for a 4-2 lead. He then won the next game, varying his serve and keeping Levine out wide or deep. His lovely one-handed backhand brought him a few winners down the line, and although Levine then held his serve, Wawrinka prevailed 6-3.

In the fourth set, games went with serve until Wawrinka broke to go 4-3 ahead and Wawrinka needed only one match point to seal the match on Levine's serve. But the Swiss looked fortunate to have made it into the second week.

Murray beat Wawrinka, one of his hitting partners on tour, in straight sets in their last meeting, in the last 16 at last year's US Open, but the Swiss says his game has improved since then. "My serve is better and I am better at coming to the net," he said. "I will have to do both well against Andy."

News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
News
people Emma Watson addresses celebrity nude photo leak
Arts and Entertainment
tv
News
Katie Hopkins appearing on 'This Morning' after she purposefully put on 4 stone.
peopleKatie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge
PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
fashionModel of the moment shoots for first time with catwalk veteran
Sport
Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Mario Balotelli
footballRadamel Falcao and Diego Costa head record £835m influx
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Olivia Colman topped the list of the 30 most influential females in broadcasting
tv
Life and Style
techIf those brochure kitchens look a little too perfect to be true, well, that’s probably because they are
Arts and Entertainment
Danish director Lars von Trier
filmEnglish-language series with 'huge' international cast set for 2016
Life and Style
tech
News
Kelly Brook
peopleA spokesperson said the support group was 'extremely disappointed'
Sport
Andy Murray celebrates a shot while playing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
TennisWin sets up blockbuster US Open quarter-final against Djokovic
Arts and Entertainment
Hare’s a riddle: Kit Williams with the treasure linked to Masquerade
booksRiddling trilogy could net you $3m
Arts and Entertainment
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live
music Pro-independence show to take place four days before vote
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering