Tipsarevic triumphs in Chennai

  • Last Updated: January 6 2013, 16:05 GMT

Serbian Janko Tipsarevic claimed the fourth ATP World Tour title of his career with a hard-fought 3-6 6-1 6-3 victory over unseeded Roberto Bautista-Agut in the final of the Chennai Open.

Janko Tipsarevic: comeback win
Janko Tipsarevic: comeback win

The unseeded Spaniard - playing in his first ATP final - started fast and broke the Tipsarevic serve in second game, holding his own delivery until wrapping up the set with an ace

But the second seed dominated the second set, allowing Bautista-Agut to win only one service game as he levelled the match.

He also controlled the decider and wrapped up the victory when Bautista-Agut hit a backhand return long on match point.

Tipsarevic, who also reached the final here last year only to lose to Milos Raonic, said: "I was mentally stable and was not worried when I was one set down.

"I didn't play my best tennis in every match this week, but I am happy to win the title. I really wanted to win this tournament as it is my sixth time here.

"This match was pretty similar to my semi-final win over Aljaz Bedene. I was too passive in the first set and I was relying on Roberto making mistakes in his first ATP World Tour final. I was hoping he would be anxious. I gave him too much time to swing on his forehand.

"The only way I won, was to step closer to the baseline and I needed to move him around. Physically, as the match wore on, he became tired."

Bautista Agut admitted he couldn't maintain his level.

He said: "I was serving really well and playing my best tennis against Janko in the first set, but then I couldn't keep it up throughout the match.

"I improved a lot last year and won a lot of matches, which gave me confidence and experience. I worked hard in the pre-season, with a lot of motivation, and did well this week."


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