Chennai, India (SportsNetwork.com) – Stanislas Wawrinka is in position to
claim his second consecutive Chennai Open title after a straight-set semifinal
win Saturday over Belgium’s David Goffin.
The top-seeded Wawrinka earned a 7-5, 6-3 victory and will take on Slovenian
qualifier Aljaz Bedene on Sunday for the championship. Bedene, ranked 156th in
the world, continued his surprising run with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) win over
third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the first semifinal.
Bedene saved four match points to reach his first-ever ATP World Tour final.
He was a semifinalist at this event two years ago, when he knocked off
Wawrinka in the quarterfinals before falling to Janko Tipsarevic in the next
Bautista Agut was the 2013 Chennai runner-up to Tipsarevic and last year
captured his first two ATP World Tour titles.
Bedene has a tough task ahead of him on Sunday, as Wawrinka will try for his
eighth career title and third at this season-opening event.
The Swiss star used this tournament victory last year as a stepping stone to
his first major title a few weeks later at the Australian Open. He also won
the Chennai crown in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2010.
Chennai serves as a tune-up for the Aussie Open, which will begin Jan. 19.