ATP Chennai Open: Wawrinka and Roger-Vasselin to clash in Sunday final
Top seed Stan Wawrinka will take on Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the final of the Chennai Open on Sunday.
Last Updated: 04/01/14 5:32pm
The Swiss star was handed a place in the final when his opponent Vasek Pospisil quit with a back injury with the score poised at 6-4 5-5 in their semi-final.
The 23-year-old Canadian was the sixth player to be sidelined with injury during the season opener in the past week, a list that included second seed Mikhail Youzhny and third seed Fabio Fognini.
Pospisil, who made it to the semi-finals without dropping his serve, was broken by Wawrinka in the fifth game of the first set and again in the seventh game of the second set.
He broke back in the eighth but was clearly in discomfort, having already called for the trainer towards the end of the first set and then again midway through the second.
"It feels good to be in the final, but I feel sorry for my opponent," Wawrinka said. "He was playing well. I hope he is OK because this is the start of the season and it is important to be ready physically.
"It was a tough match before the final. I did not serve well but I was aggressive from the baseline and moved well on court. I will go into the final tomorrow with a lot of confidence."
Meanwhile, Roger-Vasselin reached his second ATP World Tour final after a tough three-set win over Marcel Granollers of Spain.
The 52nd-ranked Frenchman fought off a spirited challenge from the world No 38 before winning 6-2 4-6 6-3 in a two-hour centre court battle.
Roger-Vasselin, who trailed 2-0 in the final set, reeled off five games in a row to make it 5-2 before holding serve in the ninth game to clinch the match.
"To be in the final is the best possible start I could have had," he said. "I lost my only other final a year ago, so the goal obviously is to win at least one title this year, hopefully this one.
"Having come this far and with one match to go, I have to take advantage of the place I am in and try and win."