Vasselin to meet Wawrinka in 2nd round of Chennai Open
Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin set up a second round clash with defending champion Stanlislas Wawrinka in the singles event of the Aircel Chennai Open 2012 in Chennai today.sports Updated: Jan 04, 2012 15:42 IST
Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin set up a second round clash with defending champion Stanlislas Wawrinka in the singles event of the Aircel Chennai Open 2012 in Chennai on Wednesday.
Roger-Vasselin, playing in the main draw as a lucky loser thanks to injury-induced withdrawal of Indian hope Somdev Devvarman, easily saw off fellow Frenchman Eric Prodon 6-4 6-3.
In another match, Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei defeated Dutch star Thiemo De Bakker, who had entered the main draw through the qualifiers. In a versatile display, Lu won 6-3, 6-3.
In the second round, Lu will meet Yuichi Sugita of Japan, who beat eighth seed Olivier Rochus of Belgium earlier today.
Prodon had started off well against Roger-Vasselin, going 3-0 up in the first set and breaking his compatriot once, but seemed unsettled by a disputed line call in the fourth game.
Leading 40-30 on Vasselin's serve and poised to break him again, Prodon saw his rival draw level through a disputed line call on his side which Prodon insisted had gone out.
The chair umpire awarded to point to Roger-Vasselin however, after which Roger-Vasselin clinched the game and went on to win the set.
Prodon did not win another game in the set after the line call. Roger-Vasselin, however, broke him in games five, seven and nine in the first set and game three in the second.
Roger-Vasselin played some wonderful shots to various various parts of the court and had Prodon vainly scrambling to return them. Roger-Vasselin also engaged in a lot more net play, which Prodon could not tackle.
First Published: Jan 04, 2012 15:39 IST