Hard-serving Raonic reaches round of 16
Milos Raonic of Canada stretches to return against Pablo Andujar of Spain at the U.S. Open Tennis tournament on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
Published Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:41PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, September 1, 2013 4:38PM EDT
Milos Raonic has used another Spaniard as a stepping stone in the U.S. Open, advancing to the round of 16 with a four set win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Raonic, who cruised in straight sets over Pablo Andujar Thursday, managed 28 aces and remained unbroken throughout, as Lopez came up empty on just four break points tries.
Raonic served at 67 percent accuracy on his first serves and hit only six double faults to score victory against the 23rd ranked Lopez.
The Canadian appeared flustered after his backhand returned proved flawed in the first set, costing him a few crucial points in the tie-breaker.
But Raonic managed to get early breaks in both the second and third sets and bagged another two in the third.
A flustered-looking Lopez hit only seven aces and served at 59 percent, hitting 32 winners against the 49 scored by the 10th ranked Raonic.
Raonic’s next match will be against the winner of a later Saturday match pitting eighth-ranked Richard Gasquet from France against Russian Dmitry Tursunov, ranked 32.