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Canadian Milos Raonic became the first ATP tour ace to win two tournaments in 2012, hammering Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in San Jose, California. Raonic needed less than 90 minutes and only two sets to dispatch Istomin to capture the same tournament he won last February.

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For terminally insecure Canadian tennis supporters, Raonic’s San Jose win has a slight scent of controversy about it… “Sonic” bailed out on his Davis Cup singles’ match in Vancouver last week, nursing a sore knee. (You can almost hear the handwringing and national self-doubt: “Why was he able to play in the San Jose tournament but not in Vancouver?”) Raonic’s withdrawal, and the other Canadian players’ inability to solve the French, left Canada on the wrong end of a 4-1 Davis Cup loss.

But this week, everything went right for Raonic in the SAP tourney. In the final, his serve was again too much for the guy on the other side of the net – one of those serves was clocked at 240 km/hour, and the seven aces Raonic hit helped power his victory over Istomin.

Raonic is riding high as he moves on to next week’s ATP event in Memphis. “I think last year I was a lot more unaware of what was really going on. This year, I have a lot higher expectations. I know how to prepare, I know how to deal with things and I feel like I’m a much better tennis player than I was last year.”

A wealthier player, too. Thanks to his dismantling of Denis Istomin, Raonic pockets a winner’s cheque for $96,000.

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