Result: Stanislas Wawrinka battles past Jiri Vesely at Monte Carlo Masters

Stanislas Wawrinka celebrates after winning his second-round match against Taro Daniel at the French Open in Paris on May 25, 2016
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Stanislas Wawrinka progresses through to the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a three-set victory over Jiri Vesely.

Stanislas Wawrinka has recorded a three-set victory over Jiri Vesely to progress through to the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The former Roland Garros champion is one of the favourites to win the first Masters Series event on clay in 2017, but he was made to work hard by his Czech opponent.

Wawrinka eased through the first set with three breaks of serve, but Vesely nicked the second despite winning just five points on the third seed's serve.

However, it was one-way traffic during the decider as Wawrinka secured another two breaks of serve to claim the win by a 6-2 4-6 6-2 scoreline in 84 minutes.

Wawrinka will play Pablo Cuevas in the last 16.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray9,390
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,285
3Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,175
4Serbia Novak Djokovic5,805
5Switzerland Roger Federer4,765
6Canada Milos Raonic4,150
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,025
8Austria Dominic Thiem3,895
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,785
10France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga3,040
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov2,980
12Alexander Zverev2,860
13Belgium David Goffin2,785
14Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
15Lucas Pouille2,570
16France Gael Monfils2,545
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,360
18United States Jack Sock2,335
19Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,110
20Australia Nick Kyrgios2,110
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