Third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland defeated Xavier Malisse of Belgium 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Sunday to win the Chennai Open.
The 21st-ranked Wawrinka overpowered his seventh-seeded opponent with a string of passing shots and cross-court winners in the final set to clinch the third title of his career. He lost just one point on his serve in the decider and broke Malisse twice. Wawrinka lost to Marin Cilic of Croatia in the final here last year, and said the victory gave him a lot of confidence and "a perfect start for the Australian Open."
The season's first grand slam starts in Melbourne on Jan. 17.