Raonic claims third San Jose crown

  • Last Updated: February 18 2013, 10:12 GMT

Canada's Milos Raonic made short work of fourth seed Tommy Haas as he won the SAP Open in San Jose for the third year running.

Milos Raonic: Beat Tommy Haas
Milos Raonic: Beat Tommy Haas

The top-seeded Canadian needed just one break point - in game three - to take the first set against his German opponent, then broke twice in the second for a 6-4 6-3 win.

The 22-year-old was in control throughout and never faced a break point on his own serve, prevailing in an hour and 15 minutes four his fourth career title - three of which have come in San Jose.

Raonic held serve all week and was delighted with his win in what was the last-ever tournament in San Jose - the event moves to Rio de Janeiro next season.

He said: "With this event, that has had so many great champions, it's pretty special. To 'three-peat' is pretty awesome."

The Candian feels his all-round game is much improved since he won the event for the first time in 2011.

"Today, I'm more of a complete player," he added.

"I was able to put pressure on him in most of his service games. I was able to hold quite handily, which I've shown I can do in the past. I was able to create pressure every game. It wasn't just one game. I was getting to a lot of deuce games."

Haas said he was powerless to prevent Raonic romping to victory.

"There was nothing I could have done," he said. "I didn't play a bad match. I just came up against a guy who played phenomenal tennis today.

"He didn't give me any looks on his serve. All the credit to him for that. He served extremely well. He has a lot of confidence. He took risks when he had to and got rewarded for it. That's his game and that's what makes him so tough."


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