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Stanislas victorious, Yuki shown the door

Chennai: Yuki Bhambri and India’s singles challenge came crashing down at the ATP Chennai Open as the Delhi youngster lost his quarter final 3-6, 3-6 to fifth seed Canadian Vasek Pospisil, here on Friday.

It was a huge task for India’s big hope Yuki to take on the world No. 32, but he was subdued in the 69-minute contest and could never really trouble his rival.

Yuki did set up points by opening up the court but lacked the ability to convert them to winners. He looked much better in long rallies as his court coverage and control over the shots was good.

But his groundstrokes lacked power, to counter a 6-inch-4-feet tall opponent, who was consistent with his serve and packed a lot of punch in his strokes.

In his first match, Yuki did show that he indeed has improved, but Friday’s match was a reminder that he needs to become stronger, both physically and mentally, if he has to succeed at this level.

Pospisil will now fight it out with Swiss top seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who made short work of Slovakian Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-1 to move to the semi-finals.

Wawrinka recored his 300th match win on the Tour and also settled his score with Aljaz. He had lost to the Slovak in the quarter finals here last year.

“Someone told me that I am on my 300th win. It is special since I have been on the tour for long and am very very happy. After a good season in 2013, I wanted to be focused in the new season too. I was not so confident at the beginning of last year, but I am very confident this year,” he said.

Earlier, the wild card Indian pair of Ramkumar Ramanathan and N Sriram Balaji put up a spirited fight against Croatian team of Marin Draganja and Mate Pavic before losing 3-6, 3-6 in the quarter finals.

In another singles quarter finals, French seventh seed Edouard Roger Vasselin managed to get the better of Israeli Dudi Sela (ranked 73) 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-0 in two hours and six minutes.