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Johansson and Bjorkman mask fall of Swedish tennis

(Reuters) - Once a conveyor belt of tennis greats like Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis now finds itself in the doldrums but two old warriors have helped lift the mood at the Stockholm Open this week. Former world No.4 Jonas Bjorkman, aged 41, came out of retirement to partner compatriot Robert Lindstedt in the men's doubles and Joachim Johansson, once regarded as the next big thing before injury struck, made a rare singles appearance. Both shook off the rust to win.

Del Potro boosts London hopes with title in Japan

(Reuters) - Top seed Juan Martin del Potro beat Canada's Milos Raonic in the battle of big-servers on Sunday to bag the Japan Open title and boost his chances of qualifying for the end-of-season ATP World Tour finals in London. The 25-year-old Argentine, a last-minute wild-card entry for injured Andy Murray, won 7-6(5) 7-5 with the lone break of serve of the match coming at the fag end of the second set as Raonic lost the final in Tokyo for the second year running.

Tennis: del Potro wins hard-fought Japan Open final

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro survived some fierce body blows from Milos Raonic in Sunday's Japan Open final, winning a heavyweight clash 7-6, 7-5 to capture his third title of the year. Third seed Raonic, also runner-up last year, had proved an irresistible force at the $1.43 million Tokyo event, not dropping a single set and firing a tournament-high 64 aces before running into an immovable object in the shape of del Potro. Another 17 had failed to get the job done against the giant Argentinian.

Tennis: Japan Open final result

Result of the men's final in the ATP Japan Open on Sunday (x denotes seeding): Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x1) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x3) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 afp

Tennis: Local hero Nishikori crashes out of Japan Open

Top seed Juan Martin del Potro and last year's finalist Milos Raonic powered Friday into the Japan Open semi-finals, but local hero Kei Nishikori's reign as champion came to a shuddering halt. Former US Open champion del Potro beat Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, while third seed Raonic crushed Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-3 to reach the last four of the $1.43 million Tokyo event.

Tennis: Raonic cruises into Japan Open semis

Last year's finalist Milos Raonic roared into the semi-finals of the Japan Open with a crushing 6-3, 6-3 victory over Slovakia's Lukas Lacko on Friday. The third seed, runner-up to local hero Kei Nishikori at the $1.43 million event last year, took just 62 minutes to end the fine run of Lacko in Tokyo. Canadian Raonic, enjoying a purple patch of form after winning his fifth career title in Bangkok last weekend, blasted 11 aces and many more which put Lacko in harm's way, threatening to hit the fur off the ball at times with his bullet serve.

Tennis: Japan Open results

Results from the ATP Japan Open in Tokyo on Friday (x denotes seeding) Quarter-finals Milos Raonic (CAN x3) bt Lukas Lacko (SVK) 6-3, 6-3 Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) afp

Tennis: Raonic, Nishikori on course for finals repeat

Baby-faced assassins Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori both roared into the quarter-finals of the Japan Open on Thursday to remain on course for a repeat of last year's final. Third seed Raonic, beaten by local hero Nishikori in the 2012 final, overpowered Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3, as bright sunshine returned to Tokyo Bay and the roof was finally opened on centre court after a wet start to the $1.43 million event.

Tennis: Raonic beats Berdych to Bangkok title

Canadian Milos Raonic used his thumping serve to ace his way to victory over top seed Tomas Berdych Sunday, with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win at the Thailand Open. Third seed Raonic took full advantage of his big serve to beat his Czech opponent, firing 18 aces -- his last to set up a pair of match points. After winning the first set in a tiebreaker, the Canadian tightened his grip in the second to earn the fifth title of his career, converting his first match point with a down-the-line winner after 77 minutes.

Raonic serves his way to title in Bangkok

International Sports Desk, Sep 29 (EFE).- Canada's Milos Raonic defeated Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in the Thailand Open final on Sunday. The win over Berdych, the top seed in Bangkok, gave Raonic his second title of the season. Berdych, the world No. 6, was seeking his first title of the season against the big-serving Raonic, who finished the match with 18 aces. The 22-year-old Raonic, the world No. 11, needed just one hour and 17 minutes to seal the upset against Berdych.
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