Raonic wins Canadian clash
Milos Raonic emerged victorious in the ATP Tour’s first ever all-Canadian final after defeating Vasek Pospisil 6-1 6-4 at the Citi Open in Washington DC.
The success also brought the Wimbledon semi-finalist his first tournament win of the year, ending a title drought which stretched back to September 2013.
Pospisil, who dumped top seed Tomas Berdych in the third round, was playing in his first ATP final and never really looked like staging another upset.
Raonic cruised through the opening set in just 29 minutes, breaking his opponent three times and dropping just four points on his own serve.
Pospisil was much more competitive in the second but Raonic still had enough to clinch the decisive break of serve in the 10th game, converting a match point with a cross-court backhand winner.
"I couldn't have asked for a better way to lead into my most important part of the year," said Raonic, who hopes to shine at the US Open.
"I'm fortunate to have played so well at the starting stages. It's tough after a few weeks away."
Pospisil said: "He came out strong. He caught me off guard. He played so strong. I wasn't 100 per cent but it wouldn't have made much difference."
Raonic will climb to sixth in the world rankings on Monday, matching the highest position he has achieved in his career.
The Canadian duo were playing in only the second ATP final to be contested by two players born in the 1990s. The first - between David Goffin and Dominc Thiem - took place in Kitzbuhel one day earlier.