Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Ugo Humbert, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka outlasted determined French qualifier Ugo Humbert 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 on another steamy day at the U.S. Open Wednesday. Wawrinka, unable to defend his 2016 title after undergoing two knee surgeries last year, said he wasn't surprised at the challenge produced by 139th-ranked Humbert, who is playing his first tour-level event this week after a dominant summer on the developmental Challenger circuit.Wawrinka, 33, served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set, but was broken by the 20-year-old Frenchman.Venus notched up her 775th career win Wednesday, braving the sweltering 35-degree heat to make the third round in New York for the 17th time.However, the 10-minute heat break between the second and third sets proved a timely boost.
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