The final round of the 2013 SAP Open will pin fourth-seeded Tommy Haas against the favorite and No. 1-seeded Milos Raonic on Sunday night.
After ousting John Isner (6-3, 6-4) in the semifinals, the German-born Haas advanced to his first final in six months while Raonic made easy work of Sam Querrey (6-4, 6-2) to reach his third final in three years at the event (via ESPN).
In fact, Raonic is the two-time defending champion at HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, where the tournament is played, and will be looking to become the first three-peat winner of the SAP Open in the Open era, according to the Silicon Valley Mercury News.
At the age of 34, Haas needs to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, at the 22-year-old Raonic.
The Mercury News cites that Raonic has gone 11-0 in three years of play in San Jose and has seen his serve broken just twice, which is absolutely dominant.
At 6'5", Raonic has one of the most powerful serves in tennis, which has helped him earn his current ranking of No. 13 in the world.
Journeyman Tommy Haas shouldn't be overlooked—he owns 13 career titles and once held a No. 2 world ranking during his career—but Raonic has youth and a streak on his side.
According to ESPN, Raonic's serve has consistently been above 140 MPH as he leads the tournament in service games won and first serve points.
We're beginning to see why he's the top-ranked seed in the tournament.
Haas' defeat of Isner in the semifinals sure was one for the resume, but he'll see a whole different type of player in Raonic on Sunday night.
It's been a heck of a run for Haas at the 2013 SAP Open, but it'll come to a screeching halt on Sunday night at the hands of Raonic.
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