It's Somdev vs Cilic in Chennai Open final

Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman got a walkover into the Chennai Open final after his opponent Rainer Schuettler withdrew due to a wrist injury.

updated: January 11, 2009 13:11 IST
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New Delhi:

India's Somdev Devvarman is locking horns with Croatia's third seed Marin Cilic in the summit clash of the Chennai Open as he reached his maiden ATP tour event final on Sunday after Germany's fifth seed Rainer Schuettler pulled out from the semifinal due to a wrist injury on Saturday.

Cilic stormed into the final after defeating eighth seed Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-3 in his semifinal match of the $450,000 hard court tournament.

Somdev is first Indian player to reach the final of the Chennai Open, now into its 14th edition.

India's doubles ace Leander Paes had reached the semifinals of Chennai Open in 1998.

Somdev is also the only second Indian player in recent times to make the final of an ATP Tour event.

Prakash Amritraj had reached the final of Hall of Fame Tennis championship in Newport, United States, in July last year when he lost to Fabrice Santoro.

Somdev made full use of his wild card, upsetting players like Croatia's world number 25 Ivo Karlovic and former world number one Carlos Moya en route to the semifinal.

Schuettler was also disappointed on leaving the tournament mid-way.

"During yesterday's doubles match I started feeling pain in my left wrist. As I warmed up for the semifinal I wasn't able to hit a double handed backhanded, I felt a strong pain. "I would only be able to slice and I'm also afraid that the injury would get worse. I had the same a few years ago but it wasn't as bad as now," the German ace said.

"I feel sorry for the crowd and the tournament. It is a very disappointing moment for me."

Schuetller was also worried about his campaign in the Australian Open.

"I also have to pull out of Sydney. I will now fly to Melbourne and see if I can be ready in time for the Australian Open," he said.

The German player became the second player to pull out from the event after Russian top seed Nikolay Davydenko, who had to leave the event due to a heel injury ahead of his second round match, earlier.