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Tipsarevic, Wawrinka Roll Into Chennai QFs

Chennai, India

Tipsarevic© Aircel Chennai OpenJanko Tipsarevic did not face a break point in his opening-round win.

World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic cruised in his 2013 ATP World Tour season opener on Wednesday at the Aircel Chennai Open with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

The second-seeded Tipsarevic won 81 per cent of his service points, did not face a break point and broke the Frenchman four times from his five opportunities. The Serbian improved to a 2-0 record against Roger-Vasselin, sealing the second-round win in 68 minutes.

“It's never easy to play your first match of the season. Even though I was off to a flying start of 4-0, an hour before the match, I was feeling a little bit anxious,” said Tipsarevic. “We played one time in Cincinnati where I won 7-6 in the final set. He was making some unforced errors early in the match. But I think I was playing really well from start to finish.”

Tipsarevic is bidding to go one step further than he did at the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament, having finished runner-up to Milos Raonic in a memorable three tie-break final last year. In the quarter-finals, Tipsarevic will meet Japan’s Go Soeda.

The No. 8 seed battled past Indian qualifier Prakash Amritraj 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-4 in two hours and 29 minutes. Soeda advanced to his first ATP World Tour semi-final at this event in 2012.

Fourth seed Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-4, 6-3 to begin his campaign for a second title at the event. The 2011 champion and 2010 runner-up broke the German qualifier once in each set to move through in 81 minutes.

Wawrinka will take on Aljaz Bedene in the quarter-finals. The Slovenian upset sixth seed Robin Haase 7-5, 6-3, converting three of his five break points in the 79-minute victory. Bedene is aiming to reach his first tour-level semi-final.

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