Former world No 3 Stan Wawrinka shone following a rain delay at the Italian Open on Wednesday as the oldest player in the men’s draw powered past Ilya Ivashka 6-2 6-4 to book his place in the second round.
The 38-year-old took to the court after a 90-minute delay but proved too good for world number 73 Ivashka once the match began as he blasted 26 winners and converted three of his six breakpoint chances to set up a meeting with Grigor Dimitrov.
“I was ready for it. I’m playing well. It was a good first match and I’m really happy to get through again,” Wawrinka said