Tipsarevic wins maiden title in Malaysia

Janko Tipsarevic claimed his first ATP Tour title on Sunday with a straight-sets success over Marcos Baghdatis in the Malaysian Open final. The 27-year-old Serbian edged past the Cypriot wild card 6-4 7-5 in Kuala Lumpur to shake off the tag of being the highest-ranked player in the world - 17th - without a Tour victory to his name. World number 60 Baghdatis ousted second seed Viktor Troicki in the semi-final yesterday, but his hopes of clinching the title were crushed as third seed Tipsarevic emerged successful in two hours six minutes.

Tipsarevic, who had before lost in four ATP Tour finals, made a slow start in the Malaysian capital, and soon found him trailing 0-3. However, he stormed back with two breaks of serve en way to clinching the set and then raced into a 4-1 lead in the second. Baghdatis rallied to level at 5-5 but Tipsarevic motivated up a gear again to close out the match. Baghdatis had been seeking his first title of the season, but accepted he had been second best.

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