World no. 11 Milos Raonic (Player Bio) is still hoping to qualify for ATP World Tour Finals in London as he lifted his second trophy of the year – he conquered San Jose in February – by dismissing top seed Tomas Berdych (Player Bio) in the Thailand Open final in Bangkok. The Czech thus remains the only top 10 player not to win a title in 2013.
The spectators did not witness any upsets on the Center Court for the majority of the opener as both players managed to hold calmly up until 6-5 when the third-seeded Canadian was serving to keep the set alive. In that game Berdych forced the first deuce of the title clash before eventually generating a set point which his rival fended off. A solitary mini-break was the difference between the athletes in the thirteenth game with Raonic ultimately moving one nil up.
The crucial moment of the set number two occurred early on as the Canadian number one converted his sole break point of the match in the second game to get his nose in front. He maintained the advantage with the help of frequent aces and a perfect first serve points won ratio. Raonic had 18 aces in his statistics at the end of the match (Berdych 4), whilst he won 41 out of 43 first serve rallies. He claimed the ATP World Tour 250 title with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 straight sets victory after one hour and seventeen minutes of play.
“I think I’m playing great tennis, I’m serving really well, I’m doing a lot of good things. If I keep that up I think I’ll have opportunities and will put myself in a good position, no matter who [I play],” Raonic said in a post-match interview.
Berdych admitted he faced an excellent opponent in the Bangkok final: “He was exceptional. He was serving really well and didn’t give me many chances.Basically, the match was about two points. Both of them Milos handled better and so he deserved to win.”