Day 6 In Review
10th January 2015
Spectators were treated to three top-quality tennis matches involving eight leading players who displayed high levels of proficiency, willpower and commitment in the tournament's singles and doubles semifinals on Saturday evening:
Opening proceedings were Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia and Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. The two battled it out in an exhilarating encounter that witnessed a stunning Bedene - who has played a highly impressive spell of tennis in Chennai this whole week - overwhelming the 3rd seed 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8), and reaching his career's very first final. The cliffhanger lasted all of 2 hours and 42 minutes leaving spectators holding their breath till the winner was declared. The no. 156th ranked Bedene has won six matches in Chennai (3 qualifying, three main draw) dropping only one set (12-1). This is Bedene's second career ATP World Tour semi-final, both coming in Chennai (2013). With this semi-final victory, Bedene has become the first qualifier in the 20-year history of the tournament to reach the final.
Top seed and defending singles champion Stan Wawrinka trounced 4th seed David Goffin in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 to get to his fourth singles final at Aircel Chennai Open. Stan is a two-time winner of the tournament's singles title (2014 and 2011) and was a singles finalist in 2010. He has also won the doubles title in 2013.
With both singles matches wrapped up, the final summit clash will see top seed Wawrinka take on the young qualifier Aljaz Bedene to claim the Chennai crown on Sunday evening.
The second doubles semi-final of the event, between the first-time pairing in an ATP World Tour tournament of Purav Raja of Mumbai and Adil Shamasdin of Canada, against the first-time team of Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei and Jonathan Marray of Great Britain, started late into the evening. Continuing their domination, Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray took down the Indo-Canadian pair of Purav Raja and Adil Shamasdin 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 in the second semi-final clash of the doubles draw. The duo will meet top seeded Leander Paes and South African partner Raven Klaasen in the final on Sunday.
With this, Chennai is all set to witness yet another phenomenal Aircel Chennai Open final tomorrow!