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Fognini exits Chennai; Paire into quarters
Chennai, India (SportsNetwork.com) – The season-opening Chennai Open lost
its’ No. 3 seed when Fabio Fognini exited his first draw of 2014, while fourth
seed Benoit Paire avoided an upset Thursday to reach the quarterfinals in
Indian wild card Yuki Bhambri was leading Fognini 6-1, 5-5 when the
Italian retired with a right thigh injury, while the Frenchman Paire
dismissed Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-4 on the hardcourts at SDAT
Also in the second round, fifth-seeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil reached the
quarters via walkover when Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu pulled out of their scheduled
match due to a right thigh injury, and sixth-seeded Spaniard Marcel
Granollers handled Indian qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-2, 6-4 to reach the
round of eight.
Friday’s quarterfinals will pit top-seeded 2011 champion and 2010 runner-up
Stan Wawrinka against Slovenian Aljaz Bedene, Paire versus Granollers,
Pospisil against Bhambri, and seventh-seeded Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin
versus Israeli Dudi Sela.
Chennai serves as a tune-up for the Australian Open.