|Canada's Milos Raonic rallied to beat top- seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic and capture the title at the season-opening Chennai Open. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Put a second notch in Milos Raonic's belt.
Raonic won his second career ATP title Sunday, beating top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) in a marathon, three-hour final at the Aircel Chennai Open in India.
"It is an awesome feeling," fourth-seeded Raonic said of his second win, which came 11 months after his first.
The 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., blasted 35 aces past Tipsarevic, the fifth-highest total in a final since 1991. Raonic had 76 aces in the tournament and was not broken in 48 service games, the first player since Roger Federer in 2008 to take a title without dropping serve.
"My serve is a big factor in my game... in 99% of my matches," Raonic said. "My job is to take care of my serve. I created a lot of opportunities ... one in each set. Tipsarevic took it away in the first set but I took my opportunities in the second and third."
Raonic, ranked 31st in the world, won his first career title in San Jose last February and finished off 2011 as the ATP tour's newcomer of the year, an award voted on by his peers, despite missing a big chunk of the season after having hip surgery.
Tipsarevic, ranked ninth in the world, is now 2-6 in ATP finals.
"Guys like Milos are special players," Tipsarevic said. "It was a great game of tennis. Nobody knew till the end who would win. Unluckily for me, it was I who lost. It was just a matter of a few points here and there."
After an exhibition event in Kooyong, Australia, next week, Raonic will head to the Australian Open in Melbourne.
NESTOR WINS, TOO
Canadian Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi of Belarus won the men's doubles title at the Brisbane International in Australia.
Nestor and Mirnyi posted a 6-1, 6-2 win over second-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Philipp Petzschner of Germany for their fifth title together. Nestor has won 76 times in his career.