Tipsarevic and Wawrinka advance into Chennai Open QFs

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Two of the favourites for the Chennai Open – Janko Tipsarevic and Stanislas Wawrinka faced little danger as they progressed to the quarter finals of the tournament. Tipsarevic needed just over an hour to dispose over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets 6-2 6-3. The Serb was never troubled on serve, not facing a single break point in the whole match. With the help of two early breaks, Tipsarevic rushed into a 4-0 lead and would eventually take the set 6-2 on his fourth set point. Vasselin held out for a bit longer in the second but would eventually falter in game five, having his serve broken to love. Serving at 3-5 to stay in the match, the Frenchman would start well and move out to a 30-0 lead before dropping four straight points. Tipsarevic will play Go Soeda in the next round, who defeated home favourite Prakash Amritraj in three sets.

Like Tipsarevic, Wawrinka would be dominant on serve, hitting seven aces as well as not facing a single break point in his 6-4 6-3 victory over Germany’s Cedrik-Marcel Stebe. Stebe stubbornly held onto his serve four times despite facing break points in the third and fourth games but would eventually give in to scoreboard pressure, getting broken at 4-5. A marathon service game spanning eight deuces would see several set point opportunities come and go, with Wawrinka eventually breaking through at the fourth time of asking to take a one set lead. In the second set an early break to take a 2-0 lead would be enough for Wawrinka. He would fail to make it a double break despite chances later on in the set but it would never really matter, eventually closing the match out with a love hold to win in 73 minutes. Wawrinka faces Aljaz Bedene who was a surprise winner over the seeded Robin Haase in straight sets.

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