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Aircel Chennai Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2013

Aircel Chennai Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule

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    Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

    The 2014 tennis season is officially underway, and one of the most exciting events of the first week was the ATP’s only trip to India for the Aircel Chennai Open.

    With the Australian Open approaching fast—scheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 13—the focus for the Aircel Chennai Open was on which players hit their strides and built momentum heading into the first Grand Slam of the year.

    This event didn't have the same star power that the 2014 Brisbane International Open possessed as one of the unofficial warm-up tournaments, but with bona fide stars like Stanislas Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny and Fabio Fognini in the field, there was no questioning the importance of the Aircel Chennai Open.

    The hard-court surface played to the advantage of Wawrinka, and his experience in the event only continued to build his confidence. The Swiss star won the tournament in 2011 and was runner-up in 2010 before stealing the title once again in 2014.

    The defending champion, Janko Tipsarevic, was forced to withdraw from the event while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, according to the tournament’s official website. That guaranteed a new champion would be crowned.

    Wawrinka did not miss his opportunity to shine.

     

    *Statistics and information are courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com and the tournament's official website.

Day 7 Recap

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    Day 7 Singles Results

    Finals

    Stanislas Wawrinka (1) def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin (7); 7-5, 6-2

     

    After a wild 2014 Aircel Chennai Open, Swiss tennis star and No. 1 seed Stanislas Wawrinka defeated No. 7 seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin, 7-5, 6-2, to become tournament champion on Sunday.

    Vasselin deserves immense credit for making it this far in the event—he had never made it past the round of 16 at the Aircel Chennai Open—but the way he was manhandled by Wawrinka once again proves the No. 1 seed was the class of the field.

    Champion once again, @stanwawrinka !!!! #PicACO #Aco2014 pic.twitter.com/Xx8DLMKvs8

    — Aircel Chennai Open (@chennaiopen) January 5, 2014

    Wawrinka barely broke a sweat in the finals.

    The victory for Wawrinka is his second career win at the Aircel Chennai Open for the 27-year-old (previously took home the title in 2011) and fifth overall tournament championship of his career, further cementing his spot as a top-10 player in the world.

    Game. Set. Match. @stanwawrinka aces to take his second @chennaiopen title. @ERogerVasselin offers him a warm embrace at the net. #ACO2014

    — Aircel Chennai Open (@chennaiopen) January 5, 2014

    The rising star is currently ranked as the eighth-best men’s singles player. With another huge victory to add to Wawrinka’s resume and the Australian Open opening on Monday, Jan. 13, the momentum he created this weekend should help him surpass his previous career best of reaching the semifinals of the year’s first major.

    Wawrinka will be one of the betting favorites heading into the Australian Open.

Day 6 Recap

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    Day 6 Singles Results

    Semifinals

    Stanislas Wawrinka (1) def. Vasek Pospisil (5); 6-4, 5-5 (ret.)

    Edouard Roger-Vasselin (7) def. Marcel Granollers (6); 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

     

    The top half of the bracket proved to be chalk at the Aircel Chennai Open on Saturday, as top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka defeated fifth-seeded Vasek Pospisil to advance to the finals. 

    Only it didn't happen as anyone expected. While Wawrinka came out to a solid but difficult 6-4 victory in the first set, Pospisil came out and battled for his tournament life in the second. As both sides traded service points like playing cards, the match ended in a dude when Pospisil went down with a back injury.

    Vasek Pospisil is forced to retire with an injury at 5-5 in the 2nd set vs Stan Wawrinka in the Chennai semifinals. #CdnTennis

    — Tennis Canada (@Tennis_Canada) January 4, 2014

    With the Australian Open looming, the Canadian decided it was in his best interest to withdraw rather than push through the pain. Wawrinka was the favorite heading in, but the 23-year-old Pospisil gave him a tough time and could be a difficult out in Melbourne.

    "It was a really tough match and I felt sorry for him because he was playing very well," Wawrinka said, via the Associated Press. "My focus is to be aggressive. I'm playing my best tennis since last year and I think it'll be a good final against Edouard, who is a good friend."

    In the other bracket, Edouard Roger-Vasselin will try to pull off another upset after defeating Marcel Granollers 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the early match Saturday. 

    "It's great to make the final," Roger-Vasselin said. "It was a long, tough match both mentally and physically. I'm relieved to have won. It's been a great start to 2014."

    The 30-year-old Frenchman battled through the difficult, lengthy match against Granollers, who pushed it to three sets despite not being in his finest form. Roger-Vasselin played aggressively, crashing the net and a series of winners that pushed him to the final. 

    Wawrinka holds a 2-1 record in three matches versus Roger-Vasselin. However, the only top 10 player in this field lost his most recent match against the underdog, falling in straight sets last April at Basel. 

Day 5 Recap

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    Day 5 Results

    Quarterfinals

    Stanislas Wawrinka (1) def. Aljaz Bedene; 6-2, 6-1

    Vasek Pospisil (5) def. Yuki Bhambri; 6-3, 6-3

    Edouard Roger-Vasselin (7) def. Dudi Sela; 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-0

    Marcel Granollers (6) def. Benoit Paire (4); 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5)

     

    Day 5 Recap

    Stanislas Wawrinka has barely broken a sweat in his run to the semifinals, beating his second opponent in the tournament in straight sets. Although his serving was a bit sloppy, the Swiss player simply overpowered Aljaz Bedene, who only won three games in the loss.

    This win was actually an impressive milestone for Wawrinka to celebrate, as noted by The New Indian Express:

    A cake to celebrate Wawrinka's 300th Atp win #ChennaiOpen pic.twitter.com/KMoHIJjV8r

    — TnieSports (@TNIESports) January 3, 2014

    Vasek Pospisil also had a relatively easy time with his opening match against Yuki Bhambri. The Canadian won 77 percent of his service points and did not face a single break point, helping him win in straight sets.

    Edouard Roger-Vasselin had a harder time in his matchup while splitting the first two sets. However, he finally figured out his opponent ended the match with a bagel in the final set.

    Still, the best match of the day was the only one between two seeded players. No. 4 Benoit Paire and No. 6 Marcel Granollers each won a set to start the match before needing a tiebreak to finish the decisive third set.

    In the end, Granollers was able to pull off the upset thanks to a 77-42 advantage in first serve percentage. The Spanish star will hope to keep his momentum going against Roger-Vasselin.

Day 4 Recap

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    Day 4 Results

    Second Round

    Yuki Bhambri def. Fabio Fognini (3); 6-1, 5-5, retired

    Benoit Paire (4) def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez; 6-1, 6-4

    Vasek Pospisil (5) def. Yen-Hsun Lu; walkover

    Marcel Granollers (6) def. Ramkumar Ramanathan; 6-2, 6-4

     

    Day 4 Recap 

    Injury was the theme on Day 4 at Chennai as two players were forced to retire in their second-round matches.

    Yen-Hsun Lu retired before his match with fifth-seeded Vasek Pospisil even began while third-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini was forced to call it quits late in the second set against the surprising Yuki Bhambri.

    Yuki Bhambri surprising everyone. This time, the indian defeated Fabio Fognini. Amazing 61 1st set and Fognini retired 2nd set, with 55.

    — Daniel Sousa (@La77Pulga) January 2, 2014

    Bhambri will gear up for Pospisil in the quarterfinals.

    Quarter finals it is. Was leading 6-1, 5-5 and opponent retired. No 32 Pospisil up next

    — Yuki Bhambri (@yukibhambri) January 2, 2014

    Top seeds Benoit Paire and Marcel Granollers were also winners on Day 4, each winning in straight sets to advance to the quarterfinals. The Frenchman and the Spaniard will play each other in the next round with the winner having an excellent shot to reach the final following No. 2 seed Mikhail Youzhny's retirement on Day 3. 

Day 3 Recap

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    Day 3 Results

    Second Round

    Dudi Sela def. Mikhail Youzhny (2); 3-1 retired

    Stanislas Wawrinka (1) def. Benjamin Becker; 6-3, 6-1

    Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. Jiri Vesely; 6-4, 6-4

    Aljaz Bedene def. Alexander Kudryavtsev; 1-6, 3-0 retired

     

    Day 3 Recap

    Mikhail Youzhny may have beaten a lot of accomplished tennis players, but he can't defeat illness. The No. 2 seed had to retire against Dudi Sela.

    Youzhny said he got sick last week, and the illness got to the point where he couldn't continue, per The Associated Press (via ESPN.com):

    "It's a stomach problem," Youzhny said. "I tried my best but it was not possible. When you have restricted movement, it's no use to play on center court and lose. It started last week in Thailand ... some virus ... and it continued here this week, too. I'm sorry for the tournament and the spectators."

    The player who benefits the most is top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, who knocked off Benjamin Becker in straight sets. However, Wawrinka remains focused on the task ahead:

    "For me, it does not matter, because if it's not Youzhny, it will be someone else," Wawrinka said. "It's a good start. I think I did a really, really good job. It's quite slow and humid out there and it was raining a bit."

    In Wednesday's other matches, Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Jiri Vesely 6-4, 6-4, while Aljaz Bedene prevailed over Alexander Kudryavtsev, after the 28-year-old Russian retired in the second set.

Day 2 Recap

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    Day 2 Results

    First Round

    Benjamin Becker def. Julian Reister; 6-4, 2-1, retired

    Edouard Roger-Vasselin (7) def. Albert Ramos; 6-1, 6-3

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Aleksandr Nedovyesov; 7-5, 6-0

    Aljaz Bedene def. Henri Laaksonen; 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-0)

    Ramkumar Ramanathan def. Somdev Devvarman; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

    Alexander Kudryavtsev def. Roberto Bautista Agut (8); 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

    Yuki Bhambri def. Pablo Carreno Busta; 6-4, 6-3

    Marcel Granollers (6) def. Radu Albot; 6-4, 3-6, 6-0

     

    Day 2 Recap

    First-round action from Chennai continued on Tuesday with a plethora of intriguing matchups. 

    It was a successful day for India's men, as Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan both won to advance to the second round in their home tournament. While Ramanathan's three-sets victory came at the expense of countryman Somdev Devvarman, Bhambri was thrilled to knock off Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta in straight sets, per his official Twitter account:

    What a way to start the new year.. Into the second round and ofcourse happy new year to everyone

    — Yuki Bhambri (@yukibhambri) December 31, 2013

    Other notable Day 2 winners included Benjamin Becker, seventh-seeded Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who each needed only two sets to reach the second round.

    No. 6 seed Marcel Granollers would need all three sets to survive Radu Albot's upset bid and will take on Ramanathan in Round 2.

    Becker will gear up for a second-round clash with overall top seed Stanislas Wawrinka while Garcia-Lopez will prepare for a showdown with fourth-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire. Both Wawrinka and Paire enjoyed byes in Round 1.

    Meanwhile, eighth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut was New Year's Eve's lone upset victim, falling to Russian qualifier Alexander Kudryavtsev in a three-set thriller. The Spaniard won just 5 of 25 total return points in the deciding set. 

Day 1 Recap

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    Day 1 Results

    First Round

    Jiri Vesely def. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan; 7-5, 6-2

    Alexander Kudryavtsev def. Frederik Nielsen; 6-4, 6-4

    Ramkumar Ramanathan def. Norbert Gombos; 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3

    Yen-Hsun Lu def.Tim Smyczek; 6-4, 6-2

    Henri Laaksonen def. Illya Marchenko; 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

    Radu Albot def. Philipp Oswald; 6-3, 6-4

     

    Day 1 Recap

    The opening day of action was as fast-paced as many experts anticipated, and the on-court battles lived up to the hype.

    While the names may not be as recognizable as they are in other well-known tournaments, there was still plenty of talent playing on Monday.

    The top American star in the field was Tim Smyczek, but his run was over before it began when Yen-Hsun Lu defeated him, 6-4, 6-2, and advanced to the next round.

    The stunning loss was not the biggest upset of the day, though.

    Unranked Henri Laaksonen shocked the tournament and took down No. 6 seed Illya Marchenko, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, to prove his worth as one of the true contenders to threaten for the title.

    No. 7 seed Radu Albot dominated Philipp Oswald, 6-3, 6-4, in his first matchup of the event and looks to be another legitimate challenger for a victory in India.

    With just as much action scheduled for Day 2, the excitement surrounding the on-court battles at SDAT Tennis Stadium will have all tennis fans ready for more. 

Schedule/Draw

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    Top Seeds

    No. 1 Stanislas Wawrinka, SUI

    No. 2 Mikhail Youzhny, RUS

    No. 3 Fabio Fognini, ITA

    No. 4 Benoit Paire, FRA

    No. 5 Vasek Pospisil, CAN

    No. 6 Marcel Granollers, ESP

    No. 7 Edouard Roger-Vasselin, FRA

    No. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut, ESP

     

    Click here to view the complete draw courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com.

    Click here to view the daily schedule courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com.

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