Milos Raonic Crowned Champion in Chennai

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This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

Tennis Canada21-year-old Canadian defeats world no. 9 Tipsarevic to capture second career ATP title

Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) was aiming for his second career ATP title in his first tournament of 2012 on Sunday at the Aircel Chennai Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event held in Chennai, India. 

Raonic had a 1-1 record in his two previous final appearances, winning his maiden title in San Jose last March. The 21-year-old Canadian captured his second crown following a 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4) victory over world no. 9 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in a thrilling final that eclipsed the three hour mark. There was not one break of serve in the match with Raonic hitting 35 aces compared to Tipsarevic’s 8. The 35 aces marks the fifth highest ace total in a final since 1991.

Raonic enjoyed a dream week, posting two Top 10 wins in the same tournament for the first time. He served 76 aces in four matches and was not broken once in 48 service games. He is the first player since Roger Federer in 2008 to win a tournament without dropping serve. 

Raonic will now head to Kooyong, Australia to take part in an exhibition event next week before heading to the Australian Open in Melbourne where the first Grand Slam of the season begins on January 16.

Nestor and Mirnyi win Brisbane title

Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON) and Max Mirnyi of Belarus also won their first tournament of 2012 at the Brisbane International in Brisbane, Australia, another ATP 250 event. Seeded first in the draw, Nestor and Mirnyi defeated Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner 6-1, 6-2 in the final to win their fifth title together. The win is Nestor’s 76th career title and his first triumph in Brisbane.

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