(September 29, 2013) Milos Raonic won his fifth career ATP World Tour title and second of the year at the Thailand Open. The Canadian beat Czech player and world No. 6 Tomas Berdych 7-6(4), 6-3 in the final.
Raonic dominated on his serve nailing 18 aces and winning 95 percent of his first serve.
“I think I struggled a lot more than him at the beginning, he was finding his rhythm better,” the Canadian said. In the tie-break, it just came down to one return and playing pretty sold after that… I started being more aggressive.”
“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].”
Berdych praised his opponent: “He was exceptional. He was serving really well and didn’t give me many chances. I served quite well. Basically, the match was about two points. Both of them Milos handled better and so he deserved to win.”
The win puts Raonic 180 points behind Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who is in tenth place, in the Race to London for a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals.