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Wawrinka To Meet Roger-Vasselin In Chennai Final

Chennai, India

Roger-Vasselin© Aircel Chennai OpenEdouard Roger-Vasselin celebrates reaching his second ATP World Tour singles final.

World No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka will attempt to capture his fifth ATP World Tour title and his second at the Aircel Chennai Open on Sunday. He will play Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the final.

Wawrinka and Roger-Vasselin are tied at 1-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. Roger-Vasselin beat Wawrinka in October 2013 at the Swiss Indoors Basel, while the Swiss won in Chennai two years ago.

“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.”

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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).

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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.

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