Posted February 17, 2012 on AP on Fox
Milos Raonic captured a second straight SAP Open championship Sunday, rolling past Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 7-6 (3), 6-2 behind a powerful serve nobody in San Jose could solve. Raonic ripped only seven aces in the final but took control of points from the start, turning the tournament into a serving exhibition in the climate-controlled conditions of an indoor arena. The 6-foot-5 Canadian has dropped only two service games in two years in San Jose. ''I feel amazing. It's definitely a different feeling from the first time last year. I think I'm more aware and more appreciative of the moment,'' Raonic told the crowd in an on-court interview. After hip surgery following a slip on Wimbledon's grass last year stalled his season, Raonic is rising rapidly again. The 21-year-old began the tournament ranked 32nd and will head to Memphis next week as one of the favorites. Raonic relied on his powerful, penetrating serve to punish his opponent again. At the s...
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