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Tipsarevic Tops Soeda; Raonic Eyes Prize

Chennai, India

Raonic© AFP/Getty ImagesMilos Raonic has a 1-1 record in finals.

Serbian Janko Tipsarevic will attempt to lift his third ATP World Tour trophy on Sunday against Milos Raonic of Canada in the Aircel Chennai Open final. The pair will be meeting for the first time.

Top seed Tipsarevic defeated Japanese qualifier Go Soeda 6-1, 6-4. He won the first five games, before World No. 120 Soeda was more competitive in the second set. Tipsarevic was broken at 3-2, but then won a 16-minute game at 3-3 before going on to clinch victory in 80 minutes.

Fourth seed Raonic, who received the 2011 ATP Newcomer of the Year award, defeated second seed Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 6-4 in 73 minutes for a place in his third ATP World Tour final.

Raonic hit 10 aces and dropped four points on serve in the 35-minute first set. The 21 year old went onto convert his second break point opportunity at 30/40, 4-4 in the second set, before saving three break points in the next game. He struck 17 aces overall to snap a five-match losing streak against Top 10 opponents (4-8 overall).

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