Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka plays a shot against France's Benoit Paire during the first semi final mach of Chennai Open tennis tournament in Chennai, India, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016. Wawrinka beat Paire in straight sets 6-3,6-4. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
Arun Sankar K
January 09, 2016

CHENNAI, India (AP) Stan Wawrinka will play for a third successive Chennai Open title against Borna Coric, the youngest finalist on the ATP Tour in eight years.

The final was set on Saturday when top-seeded Wawrinka defeated Benoit Paire of France 6-4, 6-4, and Coric ruined Aljaz Bedene's hopes of a repeat of the 2015 final, beating the Briton 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-3 after almost three hours.

Wawrinka, the two-time defending champion who won his first title here in 2011 after finishing runner-up in 2010, dominated the 65-minute match against third-seeded Paire with his strong serve, and saved his lone break point in the second set.

They won the Chennai doubles together three years ago.

Coric, at 19, became the youngest tour finalist since Kei Nishikori in 2008 at Delray Beach.

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