SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Now that the final match has been played at the SAP Open, Milos Raonic would like to take the court with him.
Raonic became the first player in more than a half-century to win this tournament three straight times, beating Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 Sunday for the title in the final year of the Bay Area tournament.
"I think roll up the court, put it in my bag and hopefully it doesn't get lost on a flight," Raonic said.
Raonic has never lost in 12 matches in this event and became the first player in the Open era that began in 1968 to win this tournament three straight times and first overall since Tony Trabert did it from 1953-55.
Raonic won the final tournament here in similar fashion to his first two, using an overpowering serve to control the match. He fired a 144 mph ace on his first serve of the match and was never threatened on serve. He had 19 aces and finished the week facing just a single break point.
Raonic wrapped up the match when Haas sent a backhand wide to lose serve for the third time in the match and then went into the players' box to hug family and friends.
Perhaps no one will miss this tournament as much as Raonic. Since coming here for the first time in 2010, he has never lost and has three of his four career titles in San Jose.
But he won't get another as the tournament that dates to 1889 is being moved to Memphis next year after the owners of the two events sold the higher-profile Memphis tournament to a group from Brazil.
"I'm really sad to see this go." he said. "It was sort of a go-to move for me in my schedule, one part of the year that was never discussed, 'Let's go back there.' It's unfortunate really to not have that chance."
Raonic's performance at this event has truly been staggering. In 12 matches over three years, Raonic has never lost a single set and has been broken on serve in just two of 124 service games. He faced only three break points the past two years, saving two of them.
Now the 22-year-old needs to translate those kinds of results to other stops on the tour to improve his No. 13 ranking. His only other win came last year in Chennai and he has never made it past the fourth round of a major.
"If you put a Grand Slam in this arena I would put him up on that list for sure," Haas said. "We have to wait and see. He's one of the guys who has the firepower so you have to like that. He's not a guy who's going to run around and wait for mistakes."