Raonic wins fifth career title at Thailand Open
SAP ambassador Milos Raonic took out a thrilling victory in the Thailand Open on Sunday, with the 22 year old claiming his fifth career title in a straight-sets win over top seed Tomas Berdych.
Raonic, currently ranked 11 on the ATP World Tour, hit 18 aces in the match against sixth ranked Berdych. Having only met on one previous occasion, at the Cincinnati Masters in 2011, the Canadian went into the game with an aggressive game plan and as a result he was able to take control of his Czech opponent.
Despite Berdych having a set point at 6-5 in the first set, Raonic forced the set into a tiebreaker that he eventually won, before sealing the game with a convincing 6-3 second set.
Speaking after the game Milos Raonic said; “The first set was about finding rhythm. Once I did I was solid after that. I knew I had to play slightly more aggressive, not just put the ball in play. I did that and was able to take contro; I got some insight into what I needed to do to beat him.”
Raonic has now flown to Tokyo to compete in the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, where he finished runner-up in the 2012 final to Japan’s Kei Nishikori.