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Janko lifts title

Chennai: World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia made a brilliant comeback from a set down to defeat Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut to clinch his maiden Chennai Open title here, on Sunday.

After dropping the first set, Tipsarevic showed class as he ended the Spaniard’s giant-killing spree with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory in a 120-minute summit clash of the $450,000 ATP Tour event at the SDAT Stadium.

In the doubles final, Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Benoit Paire of France defeated the German pair of Andre Begemann and Martin Emmrich 6-2, 6-1.

The duo put up an authoritative display and showed great co-ordination and cohesion to clinch the title. The duo pocketed $21,120 and 250 ranking points each.

Talking about the singles final, Tipsarevic, who sent down eight aces to seven by Bautista-Agut, collected 250 ATP points while Bautista-Agut received 150 points.

Speaking after the final, Tipsarevic said: “This is one tournament which I wanted to win badly. I’m really happy today to win it.”

Despite coming up short, Bautista-Agut said he was satisfied to have reached the final.

“It was an unbelievable week of tennis for me,” Bautista-Agut said. “I played a top-10 player (Berdych) for the first time and the win over him will always remain special. I had good rhythm, which helped me win the first set 6-3. But some physical issues bothered me subsequently and slowed me down in the rest of the match.”

Tipsarevic had lost to Milos Raonic in the title clash last year.

The 24-year-old Bautista-Agut, ranked 80th in the world, was playing in his first Tour final and had defeated top seed and defending champion Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic in the quarter finals.

Bautista-Agut seemed to have gained early control of the match and looked like he would pocket the title as he ran away with the first set in 36 minutes.

However, Tipsarevic had other plans. He dug deep into his reserves of experience and made use of his powerful and booming serves.