Top seed Milos Raonic kept the tradition alive as he dismissed Tommy Haas in San Jose final and lifted SAP Open trophy for the third time in a row.
Fourth-seeded German Haas was far from dethroning the king of San Jose ATP tournament. Raonic has not given away a set in last three years at SAP Open and was not about to let this tradition end in tonight’s final. Haas might have battled hard, yet he never got into a position to break the invincible Canadian.
Haas dropped his serve early in the opener as Raonic tucked away the only break point of the set to go 3-1 up. The German did not give up a fight, but he could not prevent the opponent serving for the set at 5-4. With first serves on target, the defending champion soon produced a triple set point opportunity. Haas then replied with a well executed backhand return, while Raonic squandered the second set point after a forehand error. However, his powerful serve helped him out again at 40-30 – another service winner and he obtained a one set advantage.
In the second set, the players were holding serve until 3-3 when the Canadian converted his fourth break point of the set, taking a 4-3 lead. He confirmed the break and kept turning the screw on Haas in the following game. He had three championship points available on the German’s serve – the first one was defended, but Haas sent a backhand shot slightly wide at 15-40 which meant Raonic took the San Jose title for the third consecutive time. He scored 19 aces (Haas only one) in one hour and seventeen minutes of play and won 91% of first serve points. The final result: 6-4, 6-3.