AIRCEL CHENNAI OPEN 2014
Wawrinka Upends Roger-Vasselin For Second Chennai Title
by ATP Staff|
Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka capped off a dominant opening week of the 2014 ATP World Tour season, capturing his second Aircel Chennai Open title with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 95 minutes on Sunday. It was career match No. 500 for Wawrinka, who improved his overall record to 302-198.
Wawrinka joins Carlos Moya (2004, ‘05) and Marin Cilic (2009, ‘10) as the only players with multiple Chennai crowns, improving to 15-4 in six trips to the Indian coastal city. He defeated Xavier Malisse 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 for the title as the No. 3 seed in 2011 and was the runner-up the year prior, falling in two tie-breaks to Cilic. Wawrinka did not relinquish a set this week and saved 19 of 22 break points faced.
"I was really happy with the way I was playing," exclaimed Wawrinka. "In the end I think I served well and played aggressive. Edouard is a tough player to beat. I lost against him last year in Basel. He was playing really good this week.
"I need to keep practising and keep going for the rest of the year because it's only one week. I need to keep pushing myself to try to improve."
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It is the 6’ Swiss’s fifth ATP World Tour crown and second on hard courts. Wawrinka advanced to four finals in 2013, winning the title in Oeiras, in what would be a career year for the Lausanne native. Roger-Vasselin, meanwhile, was competing in just his second tour-level title match having fallen to Ernests Gulbis in the Delray Beach final last year, as the World No. 105 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Wawrinka avenged a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Roger-Vasselin at the Swiss Indoors Basel late last year. They entered their third FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting locked at 1-1, with the Swiss winning in Chennai two years ago as well.
Both players were efficient on serve in the early stages, with Roger-Vasselin saving four break points in the third game of the first set. They would remain on serve until 5-5, when the 30 year old pushed a backhand approach wide to relinquish a crucial break. Wawrinka would hold to love in the next game, sealing the set with an ace and proceeding to reel off five straight games. He would run away with the second set 6-2, clinching the victory in just over an hour and a half.
The World No. 8 earns $72,490 in prize money and 250 points and with the victory, further solidifying himself in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. Roger-Vasselin claims 150 points and $38,180 for his run to the final. The Frenchman will ascend 12 spots to a career-high World No. 40.
"After this final I can say it was a great week for me, but every week is different and I have to be focused on my game," said Roger-Vasselin. "Of course it gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season."
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).