Stan the man in Chennai
Stanislas Wawrinka completed a 7-5 6-2 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin to lift the Chennai Open trophy on Sunday.
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The top seed outclassed the 52nd-ranked Frenchman 7-5 6-2 in the 90-minute final at the Nungambakkam Tennis Stadium.
It gave the Swiss number two a fifth career title and his second at the season-opening event.
"I was really happy with the way I was playing," said Wawrinka. "In the end I think I served well and played aggressive. Edouard is a tough player to beat. I lost against him last year in Basel. He was playing really good this week.
"I need to keep practising and keep going for the rest of the year because it's only one week. I need to keep pushing myself to try to improve."
The first set lasted an hour as both players held serve until the 11th game, when Wawrinka broke through with a backhand cross-court shot that left Roger-Vasselin stranded.
The Frenchman, playing only his second final in a 12-year career, lost his serve in the opening game of the second set and then again in the fifth game before Wawrinka served out the match with an ace.
The Swiss, who starts the year ranked eighth in the world, won the title without dropping a set during a bruising week in which six players, including second seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and third-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy, were forced out due to injury.
Roger-Vasselin said: "After this final I can say it was a great week for me. I have positive feelings from this week.
"Every week is different and I have to be focused on my game. Of course it gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the season."