Citi Open Men’s Final Review: Milos Raonic beats Vasek Pospisil

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Milos Raonic is the 2014 ATP 500 Citi Open champion. The second seed beat 13th seed Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-4. The world no.7 will rise to no.6 on the ATP Rankings, equaling his career high achieved after Wimbledon.

Pospisil got off to an error strewn start, dropping serve in the opening game. Raonic meanwhile was solid, survived a fightback from Pospisil in the second game, and then as the errors continued to fly off the Pospisil racket, Raonic raced through the first set 6-1.

Pospisil, playing in his first ATP Tour final, made more of a match of it in the second set, bringing the match to life as he found his range on his forehand. Raonic, though, was not dropping points on his first serve and flew through his games.

At 4-5, Pospisil served to stay in the match, but soon found himself championship point down. The two players traded backhands, Pospisil moved forward and Raonic passed him with a backhand passing shot to take the title, his sixth title and the biggest of his career.

Raonic’s serve was the key to the match. He won 80 percent of his total service points and sent down 9 aces. The Raonic ground game, much improved this year, played its part, too. He broke Pospisil 4 times, and hit 23 winners to 12 errors.

Both players will move on to compete in the Rogers Cup where Raonic is defending a runner-up place and Pospisil has semi-final points to protect. If Raonic’s play this week is anything to go by, he could easily serve himself into the final again, while Pospisil, who seemed furious with going down in today’s final so tamely, will have all the motivation in the world to prove himself before his home crowd.

Commentary by Christian Deverille

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