July 27, 2016

Stan Wawrinka Three-peats in Chennai

(January 10, 2016) Stan Wawrinka completed the first three-peat in tournament history when he bested Borna Coric in the final of Chennai 6-3, 7-5. For the world No. 4, it’s his fourth Chennai title and 11th career ATP title. The Swiss now has a 12-match winning streak in Chennai.

For the 19-year-old Coric, he was the first teenage finalist since Marin Cilic in 2008 at New Haven.

“I’m really happy to win the match the way I played today,” said the 30-year-old. “Again it was in two sets as it has been all tournament. The crowd was amazing. They give amazing support every year.

“I’m always trying to improve. I’m trying to move better, trying to play more aggressive with a better forehand and serve better. I’m very happy with my serve this week. I’m happy to get the trophy again. It’s a great feeling.”

“It was a great week for me here,” the world No. 44 Coric said. “I arrived a couple days before the event and got some great practice in the heat.

“Obviously facing Stan in my first final was a tough challenge. Nevertheless I’m very happy with my week and the start into the season.”

“It was my first final so I was bound to make some mistakes,” said the young Croatian. “Stan played an unbelievable match.”

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Stan Wawrinka Wins Third Chennai Open Crown

Stan Warinka Chennai

(January 11, 2015) Stan Wawrinka claimed his third Chennai Open title and 8th career tournament win on Sunday, notching a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene. It’s the Swiss’ second straight Chennai crown.

“It’s amazing to win again, to start the year with a trophy,” Wawrinka said. “I’m very happy with my level. It was a great final. He (Bedene) has been through the qualifier, beating a lot of seeds and it’s been good for him too.”

The No. 156 Bedene, who had a career week, became the first qualifier to reach the Chennai final.

“Stan played amazing today,” Bedene said. “It’s been a great week. I guess hard work has paid off for me. This is now my favorite tournament for three years and I’ll be back here next year.”

“I don’t want to stop here. I just want to raise my level to the level of Stan’s game.”

“I’m looking forward to the Australian Open,” said Wawrinka the defending champion. “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.”

“I feel really happy. It’s tough to win tournaments on the ATP [World] Tour. I feel good, with more confidence [and] feeling well with my game. I’m happy with my game in general, but it’s just the beginning of the season and I hope I can play well all [of] the season.”

The Australian Open, the first tennis major of the year begins on January 19.

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Warwrinka Reaches Fourth Chennai Final

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

(January 10, 2015) Stan Wawrinka will defend his Chennai Open title against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, the first qualifier to reach the final in the tournament’s 20-year history.

Wawrinka knocked out David Goffin of Belgium 7-5, 6-3, while Bedene beat the third seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8) saving four match points in the semifinals on Saturday.

This will be Wawrinka’s four final, looking for his third title on Sunday.

“I lost against him here some years ago and he played amazingly then,” Wawrinka said of his loss to the Slovenian in the 2013 quarterfinals “It’s going to be a really good match, an interesting one for sure.”

For Bedene he is the first Slovenian to make an ATP final since October 2012.

“I’ve worked hard and have been playing well this week,” Bedene said.

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 10 JANUARY 2015

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [4] D Goffin (BEL) 75 63
[Q] A Bedene (SLO) d [3] R Bautista Agut (ESP) 36 63 76(8)  – 4 M.P. saved

Doubles – Semi-finals
Y Lu (TPE) / J Marray (GBR) d P Raja (IND) / A Shamasdin (CAN) 57 63 10-8

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 11 JANUARY 2015

STADIUM start 5:00 pm
[1] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] A Bedene (SLO)
[1] R Klaasen (RSA) / L Paes (IND) vs Y Lu (TPE) / J Marray (GBR)

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