Healthy Milos Raonic ‘can take a lot of pleasure’ from win over Stefanos Tsitsipas
Milos Raonic put his serve as well as some brilliant volleying to good use as he dumped Stefanos Tsitsipas out of the Australian Open.
Former Wimbledon finalist Raonic had an injury-disrupted 2019 season and started his 2020 campaign with a first-round exit in Qatar, but he appears to be back to his best in Melbourne.
He followed up three-set wins in his first two matches with another straight-set win over sixth seed and 2019 finalist Tsitsipas, notching up the 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) victory in two hours and 30 minutes.
⚔️@milosraonic upsets sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7-5 6-4 7-6(2) to advance to the 2nd week at the #AusOpen for the 7th time. #AO2020 pic.twitter.com/CdzoL5riQc
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2020
The Canadian sent down 19 aces, 55 winners and also won 70 per cent of his 41 net approaches.
There were only two breaks of serve, one in game 11 of the first set and in the opening game of the second set.
“Today was an incredible match for me,” Raonic said. “I was very happy with how things went. I enjoy the energy of playing on this court and it’s great to be healthy and playing well. I can take a lot of pleasure in this win.”
The 32nd seed will take on 2018 Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic for a place in the last eight after the Croatian beat ninth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.
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