ATP Tour

Wawrinka into Chennai quarters

2014-01-01 21:02
Stanislas Wawrinka (AFP)

Chennai - Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka began the new year by sailing into the quarter-finals of the ATP Chennai Open on Wednesday even as second seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia withdrew due to illness.

The Swiss said ahead of the $450 000 Chennai event, which he won in 2011, that a consistent display in the tournament will serve him well at the Australian Open in mid-January.

Two other leading contenders who were handed first round-byes, third-seed Fabio Fognini of Italy and number four Benoit Paire of France, will begin action on Thursday.

Results from the $450 000 ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament on Wednesday (seedings in brackets):

Second round:

Dudi Sela (ISR) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x2) 3-1 (retired)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x1) bt Benjamin Becker (GER) 6-3, 6-1

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA x7) bt Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-4, 6-4

Aljaz Bedene (SLO) bt Alexander Kudryavtsev (RUS) 1-6, 3-0 (retired)

 

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