Wawrinka wins Chennai Open

Published: Sunday 11th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka needed only 70 minutes to beat qualifier Aljaz Bedene and win the Chennai Open title for a third time.

Top seed Wawrinka overpowered Bedene 6-4 6-3 to claim his eighth career title and enjoy the perfect confidence boost before the defence of his Australian Open title this month.

“It’s just amazing to win it again, to start the year with a trophy,” world number four Wawrinka said in a courtside interview.

“I’m looking forward to the Australian Open.

“It’s going to be a strange feeling to come back as the defending champion in a Grand Slam.

“But right now, I want to enjoy this trophy. It’s not every week you win a trophy and it’s really tough to win on the ATP Tour.”

Wawrinka’s dominance in Chennai was such that he did not drop a set in the entire tournament and breaks in the sixth game of the first set and the seventh of the second was enough to see off world number 156 Bedene.

The Slovenian, who is hoping to secure a British passport over the next few days in a bid to represent Great Britain at the Davis Cup in March, had knocked out top-five seeds Feliciano Lopez, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Roberto Bautista Agut in a remarkable run to his first ATP Tour final.

But the 25-year-old qualifier simply had no answers as Wawrinka wrapped up his third Chennai Open success following victories in 2011 and 2014.

Published: Sunday 11th January 2015 by The News Editor

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