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Raonic snaps Canada's drought on ATP Tour

sports Updated: Feb 14, 2011 09:43 IST

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Canada's Milos Raonic upset top seeded Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5) in the final of the SAP Open, becoming the first Canuck to win an ATP Tour title in 16 years.

The 20-year-old Raonic needed a pair of tiebreakers to gain success in his first crack at a Tour final. He is also the youngest winner on the Tour since 19-year-old Marin Cilic won three years ago at the New Haven tournament.

Greg Rusedski was the last Canadian to win on the ATP Tour as he came through in Seoul, South Korea in 1995.

Rusedski was born in Canada but he angered Canadians by moving overseas, taking out British citizenship in 1995 and then deciding to play for Britain internationally.

Raonic fought off four set points in the first-set tiebreaker and then took advantage of the only minibreak in the second-set tiebreaker to seal the victory.

Defending champion Verdasco was hoping to become the seventh player to repeat at this tournament and first since Britain's Andy Murray in 2006-07.