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Wawrinka Gets Off To "Good Start" In Chennai

Chennai, India

Wawrinka© Aircel Chennai OpenStanislas Wawrinka was pleased with his performance on Wednesday.

Top seed and 2011 champion Stanislas Wawrinka started his bid for a fifth ATP World Tour title on Wednesday.

Wawrinka, who finished in the 2013 year-end Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at No. 8, lost just four of his first service points in a 6-3, 6-1 win over Benjamin Becker over 55 minutes.

"It was a good start," said Wawrinka. "I was really happy with my performance today. It's quite slow and humid out there, especially as it was raining a bit. But I was focused."

Wawrinka, who will next play Aljaz Bedene, is now one victory away from becoming the fourth Swiss player to reach 300 career match wins. Roger Federer (924), Marc Rosset (433) and Jakob Hlasek (432) have also achieved the feat.

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Second seed Mikhail Youzhny, who was playing at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament for the first time since beating Rafael Nadal in the 2008 final, retired after 24 minutes of play against Dudi Sela due to illness.

Sela was leading 3-1 and goes on to play seventh seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who saved all eight break points he faced in a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jiri Vesely.

"I feel relieved, because it was a tough match," said Roger-Vasselin. "Especially because at the end of the match it started to rain a little bit, so we had to stop the match at 5-4, deuce. I had to stay in my chair [courtside] for almost 10 minutes, so I was a little bit nervous."

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Leander Paes’ chances of lifting a seventh doubles trophy in Chennai ended in the warm-up, when his partner, Fabio Fognini, picked up a left quadriceps injury. Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic advance to the quarter-finals.

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