Chennai: Last year finalist and third seeded
Stanislaus Wawrinka of Switzerland stunned top seed and world
number six Tomas Berdych of Cezch Republic here today to set
up a title clash against seventh seed Xavier Malisse of
Switzerland in the ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament.
While Wawrinka easily overcame Berdych 6-4, 6-1 in the
second semi-final, 2007 champion Malisse had to sweat it out
for 97 minutes to oust sixth seeded Serbian Janko
Tipsarevic 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first last four match of
the USD 450,00 event at the Nungambakkam Tennis stadium.
Beredych, billed to start the new season with a title win
here, did not play to his potential and favourite tag and
succumbed to the pressures brought about by a consistent
Wawrinka, who decided to skip this event earlier and then
sought a wild card, played a marvelous game bringing in
variety and winning each of the vital points throughout the
Wawrinka`s decision to slow down the pace on Beredych`s
serves and then steadily upped the pace to leave the Cezch in
two minds was noteworthy.
Initially, the match looked to be evenly balanced but
once Wawrinka broke Beredych in the fifth game of the first
set, the S wiss raised his game to greater levels.
Wawrinka`s first serve percentage was consistent and he
sent out four aces in the first set before winning the set
with the single break of serve.
Wawrinka raise his game a level higher in the second set
and broke his opponent twice to wrap up the match.
Earlier in the day, former champion Malisse fought his
way into the final with a come-from-behind win over
Malissse was slow to start with as Tipsarevic, who made
it to the last four stage without much ado, broke the Belgian
as early as in the second game to pocket the first set with
ease in 28 minutes.
Down by a set, Malisse got his act together soon and
broke Tipsarevic in the second game of the second set only to
squander the advantage in the next game.
But a determined Malisse got the break back in the eighth
game to race to a 5-3 lead and then held on to his serve to
level the scores.
In the decider, last year`s semi-finalist Tipsarevic was
no match for the world number 60, Malisee who broke the
Serbian twice to march into tomorrow`s summit clash.
"I could not do much in the first set as Janko was
playing well. He was sending down aces and made good back hand
down the line shots. I was not able to find the solution,"
Malisse said after the win.
"In the second set, I was quite aggressive and my
forehand worked well and I was successful when I took some
risks. I served well and somehow turned around the table," he
Asked about his clash against Berdych in tomorrow`s title
clash, Malisse said, "I have beaten him last summer on the
tour. I have always been saying that he is one of the strong
players but I will play to my strength to win the title. I
have been working hard and I am looking forwarded to
Wawrinka, on the other hand, said he was happy to have
won against Beredych and enter the final in the beginning
of the season.
"I have played my best game today against Beredych. I was
focused on my level of play, served well through the match and
tried to be aggressive. Today`s win was important to me."
"A positive result tomorrow in the final is going to be
good for me in the season. I was getting better after each
match. So, I can lookforward to winning the title tomorrow".