AIRCEL CHENNAI OPEN 2013
Tipsarevic Lifts Chennai Trophy After Battling Past Bautista Agut
by James Buddell|
The second-seeded Serbian defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 50 minutes on Sunday to lift his fourth ATP World Tour trophy (4-7 in finals).
Tipsarevic received a cheque for $69,500 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points, while Bautista Agut took home $36,650 in prize money and 150 points.
“I was mentally stable and was not worried when I was one set down," said Tipsarevic. "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 didn’t appear to be suffering from nerves early on in his first ATP World Tour final. He got off to the best possible start by taking a 3-0 lead after 11 minutes of play. He won 22 of his first service points, never facing a break point, to clinch the first set in 36 minutes.
Tipsarevic, who was runner-up to Milos Raonic in last year’s memorable title match, responded immediately and ran through the second set. Bautista Agut won seven points in the first five games. Tipsarevic leveled the score-line after converting his fourth set point opportunity.
In the decider, Tipsarevic broke for a 2-1 lead after a lengthy third game. He maintained the advantage and broke Bautista Agut a second time to 30 to seal victory and lift his first ATP World Tour title since July 2012 at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart.
“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," said Bautista Agut. “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.”
Bautista Agut had been attempting to become the first unseeded champion and first first-time titlist in Chennai since Czech Michal Tabara in 2001.