My first job was to take care of my serve: Raonic

Chennai: After upstaging top seed Janko Tipsarevic to clinch his maiden Chennai Open title, young Milos Raonic today said his main goal throughout the summit clash was to "take care" of his big serves, which according to the Canadian was key to his success.

Fourth seed Raonic defeated Tipsarevic 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 7-6(4) in a marathon 193-minute duel to clinch his second tour title in three final appearances on the ATP circuit.

"You must have a clear mind and that was my focus the whole time. My first job was to take care of my serve because I know if I do that I am going to have my opportunities," Raonic said after the match, which was also the longest final in the history of the Chennai Open.

Raonic was so impressive with his serves that he played 36 service games without a single break.

"It is a great feeling having that security and when you take care of your service games. It is not only about ending on the fortunate side but it is more important to win a tournament. It is my second win and it is an awesome feeling," he said.

Asked whether he was looking to improve upon his ground strokes, particularly his backhand, the Canadian said, "I think I created a lot of opportunities today against Janko. In the first set, he took away the opportunity from me. I had two chances in the second set and third set too, he took them away from me.

"So, at the end of the day I could not have asked for better tennis from myself," added the world number 31. "


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