Raonic Tops Pospisil to Win Citi Open Crown

by John on August 4, 2014

Raonic at Citi

Canadian Milos Raonic easily defeated fellow countryman Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-4 in a high-powered battle of young guns to capture the Citi Open championship Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. It was the first all-Canadian final in ATP Tour history and the second time two players born in the 1990s competed in a Tour final. The title was the sixth of No. 7-ranked Raonic’s career and first at the ATP 500 Series level. Pospisil, 24 years old and ranked No. 36, was playing in his maiden Tour final. From the outset, Raonic, 23, clearly was the fresher of the two. Little wonder since Pospisil had to earn two victories on Saturday just to reach the final, finishing a rain-interrupted quarterfinal, carried over from Friday, early in the afternoon and then rallying to defeat Richard Gasquet in the semifinals later in the evening. All told, three and a half hours on court in humid conditions. Raonic broke Pospisil’s serve in the opening game of the match and then erased his only break point of the day in the next game to go up 2-0. He broke again in the fifth and seventh games and the set was over almost in a flash. After nearly getting bageled, Pospisil perked up and the second set proceeded on serve until the 10th game, when Raonic got the deciding break. The Missile, as Raonic has been dubbed for his serving prowess, sealed the victory with a sizzling cross-court, backhand winner on his first match point. “It’s great the way it started,” Raonic said afterward. “I couldn’t have asked for more. I had a chance to break in every single game in that first set. Then I continued to play solid after that. All in all, a very good performance and an important moment for me.” Raonic served nine aces to five for Pospisil and won 92 percent of the points on his first serve. “It was a combination of him playing very well and my being very heavy legged,” Pospisil said. “I ran out of gas a little bit, it took me a while to get into the match, but credit to him, he played very well.”

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