Raonic routs Istomin to defend San Jose title
Milos Raonic successfully defended his San Jose Open title by routing unseeded Denis Istomin 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 on Sunday at HP Pavilion arena.sports Updated: Feb 20, 2012 08:08 IST
Milos Raonic successfully defended his San Jose Open title by routing unseeded Denis Istomin 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 on Sunday at HP Pavilion arena.
The 21-year-old Canadian dominated Istomin with his serve, hammering seven aces and winning 90% of his first serve points in the 79 minute match.
Raonic, who had a bye in the first round, didn't drop a set in the indoor tournament, winning four-straight matches. The world No. 32 is also a perfect eight-for-eight in tiebreakers at the event over two years.
Raonic won the first set in a tiebreaker, closing it out with a 145 mph serve. He jumped out to a 6-1 lead, then dropped the next two points before serving for the set.
Raonic stepped up the attack in a lightning quick second set, going eight-for-eight in his first serve points and winning 89% of his second serve points.