AIRCEL CHENNAI OPEN 2014
Wawrinka To Meet Roger-Vasselin In Chennai Final
by ATP Staff|
“It’s going to be a very tough match,” said Wawrinka. He is playing great tennis. He is really serving and returning well. I played him last time indoors and he beat me in Basel. It’s going to be an interesting match and I hope I can take the title.”
Top seed Wawrinka, who lifted the 2011 trophy (d. Malisse), was leading Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 5-5 on Saturday when the fifth seed retired due to a back injury after one hour and 51 minutes of play.
“It’s feels good for sure, reaching my first final [of the year],” said Wawrinka. “I am really happy to be in final. It was a tough match. I tried to stay focused. I didn’t serve well, but I was aggressive from baseline and I felt that I was moving well.
Roger-Vasselin will be bidding to capture his first ATP World Tour singles trophy.
The seventh seed defeated sixth seed Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in just over two hours for a place in his second championship match. The 30 year old finished runner-up to Ernests Gulbis at last year's Delray Beach Open by The Venetian® Las Vegas.
“Hopefully, I can win one more match,” said Roger-Vasselin. “It is a great start to 2014. I hit a lot of winners in the first set, but he played better in the second. I didn’t lose my concentration. I stayed calm and I was able to change the match in my favour, from a 0-2 deficit, in the decider.”
On Friday, Wawrinka recorded the 300th match win of his career with victory over Aljaz Bedene. He became just the fourth Swiss player to reach the landmark after Roger Federer (926), Marc Rosset (433) and Jakob Hlasek (432).
Croats Reach Doubles Final
Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic defeated last year’s doubles finalists, third-seeded Germans Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich 7-6(5), 6-4. They challenge fourth seeds Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen for the title.