Wawrinka starts 2014 season with a Chennai Open title win

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Stanislas Wawrinka

Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka confirmed his recent run of form by completing a brace of Chennai Open titles after overcoming World no. 52 Edouard Roger Vasselin in straight sets today. The 8th-ranked Swiss first conquered the 250 series tournament in 2011.

The semifinalist of the last year’s ATP World Tour Finals put in a spotless serving performance in the opener, whilst making the life difficult for the seventh-seeded Frenchman who had to stay alert to defend four break points early on. He then settled into the match as well, but ultimately paid the price of gifting Wawrinka another chance to break the deadlock. This time the Swiss number two made the best of his opportunity and wrapped up the set by holding to love in the twelfth game.

In the second set he picked up where he left off just a minute ago and broke Roger Vasselin straight away – he pulled 2-0 ahead after averting the only break point danger he faced over the course of the encounter. The Frenchman then ended the opponent’s five straight games run, but was unable to turn the tide as Wawrinka extended the gap by clinching the second break. Stan made it through the last couple of service games without a scratch and converted on the first championship point to cruise to a 7-5, 6-2 victory after ninety-five minutes of hard court tennis and land his fifth ATP trophy. He won three out of four clashes against the 30-year-old Frenchman who is still waiting for his debut career title.

“I was really happy with the way I was playing,” stated 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.

“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.”

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