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  • Cilic returns to Chennai to defend 2008 title

    1/2/10 9:51 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Cilic returns to Chennai to defend 2008 title The Chennai Open begins on Monday as part of a trio of tournaments that will kick off the 2010 ATP World Tour season. 2008 champion Marin Cilic, back to defend his title, is seeded second behind Robin Soderling.

    Robin Soderling and Marin Cilic headline the 2010 Chennai Open as the ATP World Tour season gets underway this week in Chennai, Brisbane, and Doha.

    Soderling, ranked a career-high eighth in the world, is the No. 1 seed. He ended his 2009 campaign in the semifinals in the World Tour Finals and opened this year with quarterfinal and semifinal victories over Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer at the Capitala World Tennis Championship.

    The Swede will face Robby Ginepri in the Chennai first round before a potential quarterfinal against No. 5 seed Dudi Sela. Also seeded in the top half of the draw are No. 3 Wawrinka and No. 7 Michael Berrer.

    Joining Cilic in the bottom half of the draw is 2009 Chennai runner-up and India's No. 1 player Somdev Devvarman. Up first for Devvarman is Rainer Schuettler, whom Devvarman was scheduled to play in last year's semifinals before the veteran German withdrew due to injury. Other contenders in Devvarman's quarter No. 4 Janko Tipsarevic, No. 8 Rajeev Ram, and wild card Carlos Moya.

    Cilic begins his title defense against Igor Kunitsyn in what appears to be a relatively soft bottom quarter of the draw. The 6'6'' Croat, ranked 14th in the world, is facing potential early-week matchups with Marcel Granollers in the second round and No. 6 seed Simon Greul in the quarters.



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lolethhh , 1/2/10 11:04 PM



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