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Tennis: Raonic beats Berdych to win Thailand Open

Raonic wins the Thailand Open title after beating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 6-3

AP, Monday 30 Sep 2013
Milos Raonic
Milos Raonic of Canada holds his trophy after winning over Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the final of the Thailand Open tennis tournament in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Raonic won the match 7-6, 6-3 (Photo: AP)
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Milos Raonic upset top-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 6-3 at the Thailand Open on Sunday to claim his fifth title.

The Cnadian put up 18 aces to beat Berdych in the final at the Impact Arena in 1 hour, 17 minutes.

In the doubles final, third-seeded Jamie Murray of Great Britain and John Peers beat fourth-seeded Tomasz Bednarek and Johan Brunstrom 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.

It was Raonic's fifth tour victory, adding to the three in San Jose from 2011-13 and Chennai in 2012. He also improved his unbeaten record over Berdych to 2-0 after also beating the Czech player in the Cincinnati Masters last year.

Berdych had his chances in the match with a set point at 6-5 in the first but Raonic used his big serve to force a weak return before sending a forehand winner to escape. He then relied on powerful serves to force the tie-break, which he sealed with another booming serve.

Raonic managed an early break in the second game to take a 2-0 lead in the second after Berdych netted two successive shots. At 5-3, Raonic produced another ace to set up a championship point before blasting a forehand winner to take the match.

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