Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka scored a clinical 6-3, 6-1 win over Benjamin Becker
Chennai – Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka scored a clinical 6-3, 6-1 win over Benjamin Becker to progress to the quarterfinals of the ATP Chennai Open even as second seed Michael Youzhny conceded his singles match in yet another the player pull out on Wednesday.
Title favourite and world number eight Wawrinka needed just 54 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 79th ranked German rival in the rain-hit second round match.
Youzhny conceded his match against Israeli Dudi Sela when he was trailing 1-3 in the opening set due to a stomach problem. A winner here in 2008, Youzhny issued a statement late on saying it was not possible for him to continue.
“It’s a stomach problem. I actually wanted to play, but it was not possible. When you have restricted movement, its no use to play 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, but it’s not possible for me to play,” he said.
The tournament has been hit badly by players pull out as Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic had decided not to compete due to an injury and Italian Fabio Fognini, who was to partner Leander Paes in the doubles, also pulled out due to an injury.
As a result the Croatian pair of Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic got a walk over.
The story did not end here as qualifier Alexander Kudryavtsev from Russia also conceded his match today after winning his first set rather easily against 95th ranked Slovakian Aljaz Bedene.
He was trailing 0-3 in the second set when he decided to concede the match.
Meanwhile, French seventh seed Edouard Roger Vasselin struggled past Jiri Vasely of Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 in 68 minutes to make it to the quarterfinals.
In the Wawrinka-Becker match, the Swiss took some time to settle down and broke Becker in the fifth game. Immediately after that break, a sudden rain shower halted the play for about 10 minutes. After resumption, Wawrinka wrapped up the set in quick time.
Enjoying an early break, Wawrinka opened up a 3-1 lead in the second set, which was again interrupted by rain. Becker could hold just one game and Wawrinka served out the match in the seventh game.
“It’s great, it’s a good start. I was really happy with my performance today. It’s quite slow and humid out there, especially after rain,” Wawrinka said.
Asked if his path to title would be easier, now that Youzhny has retired, the Swiss star said, “For me it doesn’t matter. If its not Youzhny, it will be someone else. It’s a tough draw. There are some really good players this year, it’s a great field.”
“But I think if I can focus well, and play my best game, I have a good chance to do something really good here. But I am going to take it match after match and see what happens in the next one,” he added.
In a doubles first round match, Johan Brunstorm of Sweden and Federik Nielsen of Denmark scored an easy 6-3, 6-3 win over Tomaz Bednarek (Poland) and Mihail Elgin (Rus) in 57 minutes.