Janko Tipsarevic claimed his first ATP Tour title on Sunday with a straight-sets victory 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 triumphant in two hours six minutes.
Tipsarevic, who had previously lost in four ATP Tour finals, made a slow start in the Malaysian capital, and soon found himself trailing 0-3.
However, he stormed back with two breaks of serve en route to clinching the set and then raced into a 4-1 lead in the second. Baghdatis rallied to level at 5-5 but Tipsarevic moved up a gear again to close out the match.
Baghdatis had been seeking his first title of the season, but conceded he had been second best.
"It wasn't my day today," the former world number eight told www.atptour.com.
"Janko played great. He deserved to win. He was more aggressive. You just have to say 'well done' to Janko for a great week and a great year overall.
"I played some great tennis this week and I hope I can keep it up for the rest of the season."