Milos Raonic looks to defend his SAP Open title against Denis Istomin in the ATP San Jose final tonight.
Raonic charged into the fourth ATP final of his career with a 7-6(4), 6-2 win over American teenager Ryan Harrison in the semi-finals. Hopes were high that Harrison could go on to possibly pick up the first title of his career but he couldn't tame the Raonic serve as the big Canadian hammered down 20 aces.
"I think I did a really good job taking care of the serve," Raonic said "What I was doing really well was making most of my first serves. But when I missed a few, I was still playing pretty well on the second serves. In the off season, I didn’t spend too many days working on the serve. It was more so the return of serve game. And I worked on every aspect, from the baseline to the net. I know when I have time, I try to focus a bit more on the return game and keep improving there."
Istomin is into the second ATP final of his career and he backed up his quarter-final win over Andy Roddick with his first win over France's Julien Benneteau. The fifth seed made the Sydney final last month but he was denied another chance to play for an ATP title as Istomin powered through 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3.
Prediction: Raonic in two.