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):
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)