ATP Chennai Open: Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka sailed into the quarter-finals
Top seed Stanislas Wawrinka cruised into the quarter-finals of the Chennai Open with victory over Benjamin Becker.
Last Updated: 03/01/14 7:26am
The Swiss No 2 overcame two rain interruptions to defeat the German 6-3 6-1 on the centre court of the Nungambakkam Tennis Stadium.
"Its a good start," said the world No 8. "I was really happy with my performance today. It was humid out there after the rain, but I was focused. I feel good about my game."
Wawrinka's path to the title was eased by the exit of second seed Mikhail Youzhny who quit his match with Dudi Sela after losing three of the first four games.
"I wanted to play but I was not powerful enough to play," said the 31-year-old who was struggling to overcome a stomach bug. "When you have a restricted movement, its no use playing on centre court and losing."
Sela, ranked 73rd in the world, will take on seventh seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France in the quarter-finals after he eased to a 6-4 6-4 win over 85th-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
"Dudi is a very good player," said Roger-Vasselin. "I know him really well. We have played each other a few times. Dudi may not be as high in the rankings as Youzhny, but you can never tell.
"A few mistakes would make it tough. But if I play good, I have a chance to win. I will be ready for sure."