CHENNAI, January 10, 2016
Stan Wawrinka completed the first three-peat in tournament history of the Aircel Channai Open, winning his fourth title in six years in India.
The 30-year-old top-seed notched his 12th tour-level crown and seventh on hard courts, winning Sunday’s final against eighth favourite Borna Coric 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 26 minutes.
“I’m really happy to win the match the way I played today. Again it was in two sets as it has been all tournament. The crowd was amazing. They give amazing support every year,” told Wawrinka and continued:
“I’m always trying to improve. 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 Coric’s first final on the ATP World Tour and he has become the first teen finalist since Marin Cilic won the title in New Haven in 2008.
“It was a great week for me here. I arrived a couple days before the event and got some great practise in the heat,” the 19-year-old Zagreb native said.
“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.”
Oliver Marach and Fabrice Martin survived three match tie-breaks en route to the doubles title, winning the final 6-3, 7-5 over Austin Krajicek and Benoit Paire in 68 minutes.
“Our main goal this week was to fight for every point, even if we were down. We returned well and used the momentum in our favour,” told Marach afterwards and Martin added:
“I will be playing in Melbourne with Oliver, we’ll see how it goes.”