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January 2012 Canadian Milos Raonic won the ATP Chennai Open by defeating Janko Tipsarevic Canadian Milos Raonic won the ATP Chennai Open by defeating world number nine Janko Tipsarevic 6-7 7-6 7-6 in the final on 8 January 2012. Milos Raonic was named the best newcomer in 2011 after he rose from 156 to 31 in the rankings. Raonic slammed 35 aces on the way to his second career title in a rousing clash that lasted three hours and 13 minutes. Tipsarevic had won the opening set it was the first time in the tournament Raonic. Neither player was however able to gain a service break in the entire match, with all three tie-breaks ending 7-4. Raonic wasted two of the four match points he earned in the tie-breaker of the final set before converting the third when Tipsarevic netted a forehand return. Raonic`s biggest weapon was his booming serve. The victory fetched Raonic his second tour title on three final appearances after the triumph in San Jose. The singles final match also turned out to be the longest final in the history of the Chennai Open. Doubles Category Leander Paes lifted the Chennai Open doubles title on 8 January 2012. Paes partnered with Janko Tipsarevic to defeat Israeli pair of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 6-4, 6-4 to claim his sixth trophy in the Nungabakkkam Stadium. Paes had won the Chennai Open doubles title in 2011 with his now-estranged partner Mahesh Bhupathi. Paes-Tipsarevic split the winners’ prize-money of $21800 besides earning 125 ATP points while Erlich-Ram took home $11480 and 75 points. Kerala Men emerged Winners at the the 60th Senior National Volleyball Championship in Raipur Kerala men defeated Uttarakhand 25-22, 25-22, 25-13 to win the National title for the fourth time, in the 60th senior National volleyball championship, at the Balbir Juneja Indoor Stadium, Raipur on 11 January 2012. Kerala had last won its

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