ATP Thailand Open: Milos Raonic defeats top seed Tomas Berdych to claim title
Milos Raonic secured his fifth career title thanks to a handsome 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 victory over Tomas Berdych in Bangkok.
Last Updated: 29/09/13 2:39pm
The big-hitting third seed used his thumping serve to ace his way to a well-deserved win against his Czech opponent, who was looking to win his first title since Stockholm last October.
Raonic, who beat defending champion Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals on Saturday, fired down 18 aces - his last to set up a pair of match points.
After winning the first set in a tight and tense tiebreaker, the 22-year-old tightened his grip in the second with an important early break with his only opportunity of the match, before serving out the match.
"Of course, it feel great to win the title," said Raonic.
"The first set was about finding rhythm. Once I did I was solid after that.
"I knew I had to play slightly more aggressive, not just put the ball in play. I did that and was able to take control, I got some insight into what I needed to do to beat him. It was great to be back on hard court. I got some confidence and that is what I needed this week."
The trophy, his second of the season, will help the 11th-ranked Canadian as he bids for a place in the eight-man season-ending ATP World Tour finals in November in London.
Berdych remains the only member of the ranking top 10 without a title in 2013.
Britain's Jamie Murray teamed up with Australia's John Peers to win the men's doubles title.
The third seeds needed just 71 minutes to get the better of fourth seeds Tomasz Bednarek and Johan Brunstrom in a 6-3 3-6 10-6 win.
The victory was the third for Murray and Peers since they paired up at the start of this year, following on from titles in Houston and Gstaad.