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Nadal back in business with Brazil Open triumph

AFP, SAO PAULO, Brazil

Benneteau missed a chance to become the fifth French player to win a Rotterdam title.

“I can only congratulate Juan Martin,” he said. “I did my best, but he was just too good for me today. He was too strong. I will still fight to finally try and win a trophy.”

Del Potro had to make a quick recovery after losing his opening serve in the 1 hour, 37 minute match, breaking straight back and lifting the set after nearly an hour, despite dropping serve again.

However, in the second set, his confidence mounted as did frustration for Benneteau, with Del Potro taking a 3-0 lead and seeing out the match after overcoming some late resistance from his opponent.

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Reuters, SAN JOSE, California

Canada’s Milos Raonic beat Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to win his third straight San Jose Open title and bring the final curtain down on the second-oldest men’s professional tournament in the US.

Raonic said it was a pity he would not have a chance to chalk up another win at the event, which dates back to 1889 and is being dropped from the ATP schedule.

“I’m really sad to see it go,” Raonic said. “It was a got-to part of my schedule and it’s really unfortunate I won’t get the chance to play it again.”

Haas could never get into his service games, while Raonic broke the German three times.

“If he plays like that consistently, on this type of surface, in this arena, take anybody at the top of the world and I would say he’s got a shot at beating them,” Haas said.

“He played extremely well. He placement on the serve was extremely good. His speed and power at times ... especially on that surface, where it kind of skids and goes through, it’s really tough to try to control and get it back,” Haas said.

“I didn’t play a bad match, I just came up against a guy who played some unbelievable tennis,” he said.

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