CHENNAI, India (AP) — Stanislas Wawrinka and Edouard Roger-Vasselin registered hard-fought wins to set up the final of the Chennai Open on Saturday.
Top-seeded Wawrinka saw a resurgent Vasek Pospisil of Canada concede their semifinal at 6-4, 5-5 due to a back strain while Frenchman Roger-Vasselin sweated it out against Spanish player Marcel Granollers for a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory.
The eighth-ranked Wawrinka was surprised when fifth-seeded Pospisil withdrew just after he had struck rhythm following some unforced errors at crucial junctures.
Wawrinka, the only top-10 player in the fray, won the first set as he went a break up in the fifth game when Pospisil made two errors and double-faulted two times.
The script seemed to be following similar lines in the second set as the Swiss managed a break in the seventh game with Pospisil double-faulting twice. But Pospisil broke back for 4-4 but lasted only a few more points.
"It was a really tough match and I felt sorry for him because he was playing very well," Wawrinka said. "My focus is to be aggressive. I'm playing my best tennis since last year and I think it'll be a good final against Edouard, who is a good friend."