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Chennai Open: Yuki knocked out, Wawrinka advances to semis

Last updated on: January 03, 2014 22:54 IST

India's singles challenge came to a tame end after Yuki Bhambri lost 3-6, 3-6 to fifth seeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil, in the quarter-final of the ATP Chennai Open on Friday.

Yuki BhambriThe Delhiite was subdued in the 69-minute contest and could never really trouble his rival.

Pospisil will now fight it out with Swiss top seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who made short work of Slovakian Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-1 to move to the semi-finals.

Wawrinka recored his 300th match win on the Tour and also settled his score with Aljaz to whom he had lost to in the quarter-finals of the tournament last year.

"Someone told me that I am on my 300th win. It is special since I have been on the tour for long and am very, very happy. After a good season in 2013, I wanted to be focused in the new season too. I was not so much confident at the beginning of last year but I am very much this year," he said.

"My service was not amazing today but it was good enough to win the match. I am focused to play well."

In the Yuki-Pospisil match, Yuki did set up points by opening up the court but lacked execution. He looked much better in long rallies as his court coverage and control over the shots was good.

But his groundstrokes lacked power to counter a 6'4 feet tall opponent, who was consistent with his serve and packed a lot of punch in his strokes.

The Indian was down by two break chances in the fourth game. He saved the first chance but hit a backhand long on the second to hand Pospisil a 3-1 lead.

As the Canadian consolidated the lead with a comfortable hold, Yuki was feeling the heat. He struggled to get his first serve right, forehands went soaring over the lines and the backhands too did not land where he wanted them to.

A simple volley on Yuki's backhand return gave Pospisil another break chance in the sixth game but his backhand crashed to the net and it was deuce. Another forehand error by Yuki handed his rival another breakpoint but the Indian saved it with a stunning backhand winner down the line.

There was no respite though, as seconds later, Yuki was facing his third break chance. He charged on the net and hit a volley winner to save that. After a long rally he had his first game point and managed to hold.

Yuki's strokes lacked precision on short points. He realisied that the only way out was to attack Pospisil's backhand and it did bring him dividends.

After trading a break each early in the second set, it was on serve but Yuki could not trouble Pospisil enough.

Earlier, the wild card Indian pair of Ramkumar Ramanathan and N Sriram Balaji put up a spirited fight against Croatian team of Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic before losing 3-6, 3-6 in the quarter-finals.

In another singles quarter-finals, French seventh seed Edouard Roger Vasselin  managed to get the better of Israeli Dudi Sela 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-0 in two hours and six minutes.

Sixth seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain beat Benoit Paire of France in a keenly contested three-setter 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).

The Indian challenge in the doubles also ended as Saketh Myneni partnering Russian Karen Khachanov lost the semi-final to Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen in straight sets. Brunstrom and Nielsen won 6-4, 6-3 in just under an hour.

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