Serbian world number nine Janko Tipsarevic overcame early jitters to stave off Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut's challenge and win the Chennai Open.
The second-seeded Tipsarevic lost the first set but found his rhythm back to beat the unseeded Bautista-Agut 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in a first-time meeting.
The 28-year-old Tipsarevic, who went down to Milos Raonic in last year's marathon final in Chennai, won his fourth career ATP World Tour title in timely fashion with the Australian Open just over a week away.
"I think there's just one word to say and it's 'finally'," he said after winning his first title in Chennai in his sixth attempt.
"Last year, some of you may know, I could smell it, it was just there."
Bautista-Agut, who defeated top seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals, looked set for his first title at one stage but Tipsarevic fought back brilliantly to wrest control, exactly like he did against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the semi-final.
ReutersTags: tennis, sport, india First posted January 07, 2013 08:10:23