A title during the first week of the season is special for most players. For Swiss Stan Wawrinka its become expected.
Wawrinka on Sunday stared down rising teen star Borna Coric 6-3, 7-5 for his third straight title, and fourth career, at the Aircel Chennai Open in India.
Over the three years of taking home trophies the Swiss hasn’t dropped a set in Chennai.
“I’m always trying to improve,” Wawrinka said. “I’m trying to move better, trying to play more aggressive with a better forehand and serve better. I’m very happy with my serve this week. I’m happy to get the trophy again. It’s a great feeling.”
It was the 11th career title for the 30 year old, who broke for a 4-2 lead in the first set, then broke in the 11th game of the second set before serving it out.
The 19-year-old Coric was appearing in his first tour final, grinding through three three-set matches to reach the championship stage. He was trying to end an eight-year drought for teenage winners on the ATP tour. Wawrinka improved to 3-0 career against Coric who entered the tournament at No. 44 on the ATP Rankings.
“It was a great week for me here,” Coric said. “I arrived a couple days before the event and got some great practice in the heat. Obviously facing Stan in my first final was a tough challenge. Nevertheless I’m very happy with my week and the start into the season.”
Wawrinka improved to 12-9 in career finals, beefing up his No. 4 standing on the ATP Rankings ahead of No. 5 Rafael Nadal.
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