Chennai: Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin set up a second round clash with defending champion Stanlislas Wawrinka in the singles event of the Aircel Chennai Open 2012 on Tuesday.
Roger-Vasselin, playing in the main draw as a lucky loser thanks to injury-induced withdrawal of Indian hope Somdev Devvarman, easily saw off fellow Frenchman Eric Prodon 6-4 6-3.
In another match, Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei defeated Dutch star Thiemo De Bakker, who had entered the main draw through the qualifiers. In a versatile display, Lu won 6-3, 6-3.
In the second round, Lu will meet Yuichi Sugita of Japan, who beat eighth seed Olivier Rochus of Belgium earlier on Tuesday.
Prodon had started off well against Roger-Vasselin, going 3-0 up in the first set and breaking his compatriot once, but seemed unsettled by a disputed line call in the fourth game.
Leading 40-30 on Vasselin`s serve and poised to break him again, Prodon saw his rival draw level through a disputed line call on his side which Prodon insisted had gone out.
The chair umpire awarded to point to Roger-Vasselin however, after which Roger-Vasselin clinched the game and went on to win the set.
Prodon did not win another game in the set after the line call. Roger-Vasselin, however, broke him in games five, seven and nine in the first set and game three in the second.
Roger-Vasselin played some wonderful shots to various various parts of the court and had Prodon vainly scrambling to return them. Roger-Vasselin also engaged in a lot more net play, which Prodon could not tackle.
Meanwhile, Lu put up a versatile display against De Bakker, mixing commendable net play, forehands and backhands. De Bakker had a powerful serve but did not employ it to great effect.
Lu broke his Dutch opponent in game two, four and eight in the first set and three and nine in the second.
De Bakker, down 2-4, wasted three breakpoints in the seventh game of the second set before taking the game to make it 3-4. Lu won the next two games and sealed the match when de Bakker’s backhand return went long.
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