ATP Tour, Chennai Open: Janko Tipsarevic safely into quarter-finals
Last Updated: 02/01/13 6:00pm
Janko Tipsarevic: second seed behind Tomas Berdych in Chennai
World number nine Janko Tipsarevic cruised past Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets to open his campaign at the Chennai Open.
Serb Tipsarevic, who is seeded second behind Tomas Berdych and enjoyed a bye in the first round, saw off Frenchman Roger-Vasselin 6-2 6-3 to book a quarter-final showdown with Go Soeda.
"It is never easy to win the first match, but I think I played reasonably well to win in straight sets," said Tiparevic, who lost to Milos Raonic in the final of this event last year.
"I did not drop my serve and took advantage of the unforced errors my opponent made, especially in the first set.
"This is my fifth visit to Chennai and I hope I can win the title for the first time this year. I know other players are already looking at the Australian Open, but I look at it differently.
"If I win in Chennai, it will be a real morale booster for Australia."
Japan's Soeda, the eighth seed, needed two-and-a-half hours to quell the challenge of Indian qualifier Prakash Amritraj 7-6 (7/2) 3-6 6-4.
Slovenian Aljaz Bedene claimed the scalp of sixth seed Robin Haase of the Netherlands by a 7-5 6-3 scoreline.
Bedene will play either fourth-seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka or German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany in the last eight.