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Raonic Beats Haas For San Jose Three-Peat

San Jose, U.S.A.

Raonic, Haas© Ron Angle/SAP OpenMilos Raonic defeated Tommy Haas for his third straight San Jose trophy.

World No. 13 Milos Raonic completed an remarkable run on Sunday in San Jose, defeating No. 4 seed Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 to win his third consecutive title at the final staging of the SAP Open. Raonic finishes with a 12-0 event record, winning all 24 sets he played during his three-year reign.

“It’s pretty awesome. It’s pretty special,” said Raonic. “It’s more than just the trophies that I have. It’s the little things that come with it. There was always the maple syrup story. The San Jose Sharks jersey. It all means a lot. With this event, that has had so many great champions, it’s pretty special. To sort of one-up it and three-peat is pretty awesome.”

Raonic improved to a 4-3 record in ATP World Tour finals and successfully defended 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points. The Canadian became the first player in the Open Era to win three Bay Area titles in a row and first since Tony Trabert achieved the feat from 1953-55. He did not drop serve during his triumph this week, holding in all 39 games.

The top-seeded Raonic never found himself in trouble on serve against Haas. He fired 19 aces, won 29 of his 32 first serve points and did not face a break point. Raonic closed out the victory by breaking Haas for the third time in the final game to win the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting in 75 minutes.

“I think the thing I’ve really focused on is the second serve return,” Raonic said. “I think in the beginning he wasn’t missing many first serves but I was able to put a lot of pressure on his second serve, and then put more pressure on his first serve later in the match. I was able to stay aggressive. I was seeing it well. I don’t think I could have returned much better.”

Haas was contesting his first final in San Jose on his eighth tournament appearance. The 34 year old was aiming to become the first German to lift the trophy. He dropped to 13-12 in tour-level finals.

“There was nothing I could have done. I didn’t play a bad match. I just came up against a guy who played phenomenal tennis today,” said Haas. “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.”

The SAP Open bids farewell after celebrating a 125-year run. The event was first hosted in 1889.

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