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Raonic Wins in D.C. Final

Raonic Wins First Title of 2014
Raonic Wins First Title of 2014
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Canadian Milos Raonic won his first ATP title of 2014 with a resounding 6-1, 6-4 victory over countryman Vasek Pospisil.

Raonic, now ranked sixth in the World Rankings, broke serve in the first game of the match and then proceeded to break serve two more times, winning the first set 6-1. Raonic served five aces in the first set and had a break point in all four of his younger adversary's service games. The 6'5" Raonic cracked a backhand winner on a second serve to clinch the first set in only 29 minutes.

Both men held comfortably in the first six games of the second set as it seemed that Pospisil began to find his rhythm The score was 3-3 when Raonic toed the service line for the important 7th game. Two service winners and an ace gave Raonic the lead 4-3.

The crowd began to implore Pospisil in the ninth game as Raonic missed a backhand wide and a double fault to give a slight opening for 15-30. Two net approaches by Raonic gave him a 40-30 advantage and he closed the game with another service winner.

In the tenth game, Pospisil made two easy backhand errors to fall into a 15-3 hole. Another forehand into the net gave Raonic his first match point and he would convert immediately as he stroked a gorgeous backhand passing shot.

Pospisil would win only 25% of his second serve deliveries and an aggressive Raonic crunched 23 winners against only 10 errors. He only faced on break point in his eight service games.

Pospisil beat the number one seed, Tomas Berdych, in the quarterfinals and number three seed, Richard Gasquet, in the semifinals.

It was the first all Canadian final in ATP history. The next ATP tournament is in Toronto this week.

The win was worth $316,000 to Raonic and his first Series 500 title.