Milos Raonic is through to the quarter-finals of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart after he won an epic encounter against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Raonic, who finished runner-up in the competition last year, was made to work exceptionally hard for it by the veteran Frenchman, eventually winning 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-1) after 2 hour and 27 minutes in Germany.
“I am happy to have at least one more match after having having won two tough ones in the first round,” said Raonic, who missed clay season with a knee injury.
“I knew it was going to be tough, so I feel very lucky to have a chance to play another match.
“My serve helped me out a lot and the goal is to win as many games and matches as I can.”
Raonic will now face Marton Fucsovics, who beat Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 7-5.
Meanwhile, Jan-Lennard Struff beat 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2, 6-2, and will now play Lucas Pouille, who downed Daniil Medvedev 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-2.
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