Wawrinka wins Aircel Open

Stan Wawrinka won the Chennai Open for the third time in three years as he defeated Borna Coric 6-3, 7-5 in the final on Sunday.

It took the defending champion one hour and 26 minutes to extinguish the threat from the world number 44. 

Wawrinka banished any considerations that Coric might claim his maiden ATP World Tour title, converting his first break point in the sixth game of the first set, taking a 4-2 lead. 

The Croat showed great resolve as he searched for an immediate response. However, the world number four illustrated the kind of stubbornness that all great champions posses as he survived five break points before winning the game. He went on to close out the set after 40 minutes, striking 17 winners in the process. 

In the second set, Wawrinka and Coric remained on serve until the score was 5-5. A  majestic backhand winner down the line from the Swiss earned him the decisive break. He would seal the title a game later,  extending his run of dominance in Chennai to a 12-match win streak that includes 24 consecutive sets won.