Serbian Janko Tipsarevic claimed the fourth ATP Tour title of his career with a hard-fought 3-6 6-1 6-3 victory over unseeded Roberto Bautista-Agut in the final of the Chennai Open.
The unseeded Spaniard - playing in his first ATP final - started fast and broke the Tipsarevic serve in the second game, holding his own delivery until wrapping up the set with an ace
But the second seed dominated the second set, allowing Bautista-Agut to win only one service game as he levelled the match.
He also controlled the decider and wrapped up the victory when Bautista-Agut hit a backhand return long on match point.
Bautista-Agut, who beat top-seeded Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals, struggled with a leg injury and needed on-court treatement during the second set.
Tipsarevic also reached the final here last year only to lose to Milos Raonic.
"This is one tournament which I wanted to win badly," Tipsarevic said. "I'm really happy today for having made it."
Despite the defeat, Bautista-Agut reflected on a good week. "It was an unbelievable week of tennis for me," he said. "I played a top-10 player (Berdych) for the first time and the win over him will always remain special.
"I had good rhythm which helped me win the first set 6-3. But some physical issues bothered me subsequently and slowed me down in the rest of the match."