Tipsarevic tops Troicki

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, Last Updated: 2:39 PM ET

MOSCOW -- Top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic earned a straight-set victory against Serbian countrymate Viktor Troicki in Sunday's title match at the Kremlin Cup.

Tipsarevic won his second career ATP title, 6-4, 6-2, thanks to strong service and return games.

He got his first serve in play only 45 percent of the time, but won 90 percent of those points and 72 percent of his service points overall. Additionally, he faced only one break point.

Tipsarevic was also a thorn in Troicki's side on return. Troicki had nine aces, but faced 12 break points and won only 52 percent of his points on serve.

"It was really tough," Tipsarevic said. "We were both tight. You could cut the tension with a knife. It was like a nightmare to play against your friend."

The dominating effort gave Tipsarevic another breakthrough. He had dropped his first four ATP finals, including in Moscow in 2009 and two tournaments this year -- Delray Beach in February and Eastbourne in June.

But three weeks ago, Tipsarevic beat Marcos Baghdatis to win the Malaysian Open. On Sunday, he won the final four games to close out the match and earned $132,160 for the victory.

Troicki, the defending champion and second seed, fell to 1-4 all-time in ATP finals and 0-2 this year. In January, he lost to Frenchman Gilles Simon in the final at the Australian Open tuneup in Sydney.

"This was the first time we had an all-Serbian final, ATP or WTA, so it was a bit strange at the beginning for both of us," Troicki said. "Janko deserved to win, as he was the better player today."

Troicki had won the only previous ATP meeting with his fellow Serb, a 6-3, 6-4 triumph three years ago in the second round of this tournament.


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