Bhambri grabs spot in quarterfinals of Chennai Open

Jan. 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM
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CHENNAI, India, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Home-country favorite Yuki Bhambri has gained a berth in the quarterfinals of the Aircel Chennai Open tennis tournament in India.

Bhambri, ranked 195th in the world, built a 6-1, 5-5 lead over third-seeded Fabio Fognini when Fognini was unable to continue the match due to a leg injury. Bhambri finished off both of his break chances in the first set and another in the second in advancing.

No. 4-seeded Benoit Paire rolled past Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-4 by saving 11 of the 12 break points he faced. On the other side, Paire was able to convert four of his own six break chances.

Sixth-seeded Marcel Granollers moved into the quarterfinals with five breaks over a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ramkumar Ramanathan. Granollers ended up winning nearly 60 percent of the points in the match.

Vasek Pospisil, the No. 5 seed, also made it through to the quarterfinals, advancing when Lu Yen-Hsun was unable to play Thursday.

Pospisil and Paire are to meet in Friday's quarterfinals with a match between Dudi Sela and Edouard Roger-Vasselin also in their half of the draw. The quarters in the top half of the draw see Bhambri going against Pospisil and top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka taking on Aljaz Bedene.

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