CHENNAI: World number 27 Marin Cilic of Croatia advanced to the final of the 450,000-dollar ATP Chennai Open with a win over Marcel Granollers of Spain on Saturday.
Cilic won 6-4, 6-3 against the 55th-ranked Granollers to set up Sunday's title clash against Indian wildcard Somdev Devvarman in a match worth 73,000 dollars and 250 points for the winner.
Devvarman, 23, reached his first ATP tour final after his semi-final opponent, Rainer Schuettler of Germany, withdrew with a wrist injury.
World number 33 Schuettler said in a statement released by the organisers that he was not certain of playing in the season's first Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne on January 19.
Devvarman, playing in only his fifth ATP tour event, had beaten Spanish veteran Carlos Moya and the 25th-ranked Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in earlier rounds.
The 20-year-old Cilic, a semi-finalist here last year when he lost to eventual champion Mikhail Youzhny, dominated Granollers with a power-packed baseline play.
Cilic wrapped up the first set in 38 minutes after breaking Granollers' serve in the ninth game and then secured two successive breaks in the second set to complete an easy win.