Raonic stands behind big serve in Chennai Open final
The highly-rated Milos Raonic got 2012 off to a flying start by lifting his second ATP Tour title on Sunday, beating Janko Tipsarevic in a punishing three-set encounter to win the Chennai Open.
In a match that lasted three hours and 14 minutes, Raonic emerged as a 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 7-6(4) victor against his Serbian rival. Victory earns him a $71,900 winner's cheque.
Raonic was undoubtedly the stronger player in the first set, creating four break points while dropping just three points on his own serve. However, Tipsarevic stayed level before claiming one mini-break in the tiebreaker to take the set after 61 minutes.
Once again it was Tipsarevic under all the pressure in the second, facing break points on three occasions. The Serb managed to force a tiebreaker once again, but this time Raonic stood firm behind a serve that delivered 13 aces in the set.
The decider proved to be Tipsarevic's best set, but the pattern of the match remained as a third breaker beckoned - with neither player able to penetrate the other's serve in the entire contest. Raonic rushed to a 5-0 lead, and that proved enough of a gap to take the title.