Raonic defends title in San Jose|
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) - Milos Raonic successfully defended his 2011
SAP Open title with a straight-set win over Denis Istomin in Sunday's finale.
The third-seeded Canadian fired seven aces and never offered a break
opportunity as he took down Istomin 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in 89 minutes on the
hardcourts at HP Pavilion.
Istomin, a 25-year-old Uzbek, had never faced Raonic before Sunday's
championship match, but held his own in the first set, never giving the
Canadian upstart a break chance.
Raonic, 21, was simply masterful, however, winning 86 percent (19-of-22) of
points on his first serve while being a perfect 9-for-9 on his second serve in
the opening stanza.
The tight first-set win propelled Raonic to even greater heights in the
second, as he won all but one point on serve while converting both break
opportunities offered by Istomin.
Raonic earned his second title of the young season. He was victorious at the
Aircel Chennai Open in early January.
Istomin was playing in just his second career ATP final. He was defeated in
the 2010 New Haven Open.
The unseeded Uzbek had bested fifth-ranked Julien Benneteau in the semifinals
and shocked second-seed Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals. Raonic faced only
one seeded player, sixth seed Kevin Anderson, throughout the tournament.
Raonic was rewarded with $95,860 for his championship victory.
02/19 20:10:08 ET