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Sports Raonic edges Cilic in straight sets to reach 5th QF in six years at Aussie Open

08:50  26 january  2020
08:50  26 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Canadian Milos Raonic wins suspended match to begin play at Australian Open

  Canadian Milos Raonic wins suspended match to begin play at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada's Milos Raonic won his first match since October on Tuesday, finishing off a suspended opening-round contest at the Australian Open. The 32nd-seeded Raonic beat Italian lucky loser Lorenzo Giustino 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., was one game away from winning the match on Monday when rain washed out play for the rest of the day. "To start off in that way, especially not having played a lot of matches, to play a pretty clean match and obviously to come back today and be efficient, all of those things are positive, something I can build off of," said Raonic.

Milos Raonic sent down 35 aces to beat Marin Cilic and make the Australian Open Big Canadian Milos Raonic blasted 35 aces to make his fifth Australian Open quarter-final in six years Sunday, outgunning The Australian Open is Raonic 's favourite Slam. He reached the semi-finals in 2016

Big Canadian Milos Raonic blasted 35 aces to make his fifth Australian Open quarter-final in six years Sunday, outgunning fellow former world number three Marin Cilic in straight sets . In contrast, 2014 US Open champion Cilic was put through two five -setters against seeded opponents, including

Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates winning his match against Croatia's Marin Cilic.© REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates winning his match against Croatia's Marin Cilic.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Milos Raonic is into the Australian Open men’s singles quarterfinals for the fifth time in the last six years.

The 29-year-old Canadian backed up a straight-sets upset of No. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the fourth round Sunday afternoon.

“I did a lot of things really well. I had the idea of how I wanted to play and I was happy I could execute and sort of live up to that,” Raonic said.

As a reward, Raonic will get an opportunity to do something he hasn’t yet been able to accomplish in his career: beat Novak Djokovic.

Canadian Milos Raonic advances to third round at Australian Open

  Canadian Milos Raonic advances to third round at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Milos Raonic is heading to the third round at the Australian Open, keeping Canada's hopes alive in singles at the season's first Grand Slam. The No. 32 seed from Thornhill, Ont., beat Chile's Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday, needing one hour 37 minutes to complete the match. The 29-year-old Canadian served up 19 aces on his way to victory. Raonic will face No. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round. Tsitsipas got a walkover into the third round at Melbourne Park when Philipp Kohlschreiber pulled out of their scheduled match because a muscle strain.Raonic was the only Canadian to survive the opening round.No.

Raonic plows past Cilic in straight sets to continue deep Aussie Open run. Milos Raonic is the Milos Raonic is into the Australian Open men's singles quarter-finals for the fifth time in the last six By reaching the quarters, the 27- year -old Canadian matches her best result in women's doubles at

Milos Raonic reached the last four at Melbourne Park in 2016 and the Wimbledon final the same year . Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates after defeating Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas in their third round singles match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne on Friday.

The defending Australian Open champion defeated No. 14 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 later Sunday to set up a showdown with Raonic in the quarters. Djokovic has a 9-0 career record against the big-serving Canadian.

Cilic, part of Raonic’s generation of players and also a mainstay in the top 10 for many years,  has struggled over the last 12 months and watched his ranking tumble out of the top 30.

The 2014 US Open champion was hampered by a lower back issue Sunday, exacerbated by the four hours and 10 minutes he needed to upset No. 9 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the previous round.

But there wasn’t a lot he could do as Raonic put on another serving clinic.

The Canadian fired 35 aces, bring his total through four matches to 82. No one has broken his serve, and only two opponents have even had opportunities. Chile’s Cristian Garin went 0-for-3 in the second round; Cilic went 0-for-4 Sunday.

Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski advances to second round in doubles at Aussie Open

  Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski advances to second round in doubles at Aussie Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski is off to the second round of the women's doubles draw at the Australian Open. The Ottawa native and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, the sixth seeds, beat Maria Sakkari of Greece and Alja Tomljanovic of Australia 7-6, 6-4 in the first round on Thursday. Dabrowski, ranked eighth in the world in doubles, has a new partner in Ostapenko for the opening Grand Slam of the season. She split with previous partner Yifan Xu of China after last season.Dabrowski and Xu's best result at Grand Slam was a runner-up showing at last year's Wimbledon final.

Raonic upsets No. 6 Tsitsipas in straight sets at Australian Open . Federer edges Millman in five - set thriller. Nadal overcomes sloppy break point performance to advance to third round. It's nothing new for the 29- year -old Raonic , who has been a semifinalist once and a quarterfinalist three

In the last set , Cilic broke at love to lead 3-2, and didn't falter this time, although he did need another two match points to close it out, double-faulting on one, before finally winning when Tsonga sailed a forehand long. Cilic loses in straight sets to Estrella at Barcelona Open .

“I was really struggling with my serve through the practice week. The first match, it didn't feel necessarily that great because it was a little bit windy on that court,” Raonic said. “I just sort of found my rhythm. Once I get my rhythm and once I have continuity of playing, it comes for me. Serving is the most natural thing for me to do.”

Cilic did earn two set points in the third set. Raonic erased the first with a 225 km/hour ace. He erased the second with a 210 km/hour ace.

Through four rounds, Raonic has yet to drop a set. And only one of the 12 he has played has gone as far as a tiebreak.

A year ago in this Melbourne, Raonic also made the quarterfinals. With that, he returned to the top 15 in the rankings for the first time in 18 months. But later in the year the Canadian’s body let him down, in the way it so often has during his star-crossed career.

Raonic missed the French Open in early June, the US Open last September and then the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid in November.

Milos Raonic knocks off favoured Stefanos Tsitsipas at Australian Open

  Milos Raonic knocks off favoured Stefanos Tsitsipas at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia — Canada's Milos Raonic is off to the round of 16 at the Australian Open after notching a major upset on Friday. The No. 32 seed from Thornhill, Ont., beat No. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 in a third-round match at the season's first Grand Slam. Raonic, 29, has been plagued by injuries in recent years, missing large portions of the second half of last season with a back issue. Prior to his victories this week, Raonic hadn't won a match since October.A career-best world No. 3 in 2016, Raonic has slipped to 35th while battling injuries and inconsistent results.

Kyrgios was beaten in straight sets by Milos Raonic in the first round, then lost in doubles. So on Friday he was in the telecast booth during Federer's win over American Taylor Fritz. The 23- year -old Kyrgios has been linked with Twitter comments critical of Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and other

- Novak Djokovic still reigns supreme in Melbourne. The world No. 1 defeated Andy Murray 6–1, 7–5, 7–6 (3) on Sunday to claim his record sixth Australian Open crown, and his fifth in the past six years . Alas, it was another runner-up plate for Murray, who’s now the only man in the Open Era to ever lose

“It was hard for me to skip Davis Cup, but I had to spend time, because I was ailing (with) a back issue throughout pretty much the whole year,” Raonic said. “I had to take time where I didn't serve for about a month. But it allowed me to focus on other things, put other things together and get stronger, get fitter.”

The Canadian came into 2020 with guarded optimism.

“I was able to train for about six, seven weeks straight without any hindrances, no setbacks. I was thankful for that,” he said.

Raonic retained coach Mario Tudor, who first joined him on a regular basis at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. last summer.

But he changed up other elements. “I switched around the people that are with me, so the methods have been a little bit different in that sense. Everybody sort of rotated around what I was doing in the gym and also how I was rehabbing and these kind of things,” he said. “I spent two weeks in Boston to help focus on a few things there with a group of guys, and then I spent four weeks training down in the Caribbean.”

Raonic opened the season at the ATP Tour event in Qatar, where he lost his opening match to French left-hander Corentin Moutet. As a result, he arrived in Melbourne a little short of match play.

Milos Raonic knocks off favoured Stefanos Tsitsipas at Australian Open

  Milos Raonic knocks off favoured Stefanos Tsitsipas at Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia — On a day of upsets at the Australian Open, Canada's Milos Raonic did his part to keep the storyline going. The No. 32 seed from Thornhill, Ont., beat No. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2) in a third-round match on Friday at the season's first Grand Slam. Tsitsipas was one of several big names to be eliminated Friday. Serena Williams' bid to win a record 24th Grand Slam was halted with a loss to Wang Qiang of China and former No. 1 Naomi Osaka of Japan fell short against 15-year-old American Coco Gauff.Swiss legend Roger Federer barely survived, winning a fifth-set tiebreak against Australian John Millman.

If he felt healthy, there was no way to anticipate that his big serve would arrive in vintage, devastating form.

Against Djokovic, five of the nine meetings have gone three sets. But only one of those has come in the last five years.

“I'm going to have to serve well, clearly. And then I think I'm going to have to get my return at a high percentage, make him play a lot of those points, and then try to be efficient on my service games,” Raonic said.

During his on-court interview after the victory over Schwartzman, Djokovic echoed similar sentiments.

“One of the key elements will be how well I’m returning, and how confident I am on my service games,” Djokovic said. “I’m really glad to see Milos healthy and playing on a really good level again. He’s a great guy, we speak the same language, and I’m glad to see him in the quarters.”

Meanwhile, Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski and partner Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia advanced to the quarter-finals of the women's doubles tournament at the Australian Open. The No.6 seeded duo defeated American Hayley Carter and Luisa Stefani of Brazil 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in the third round on Sunday.

By reaching the quarters, the 27-year-old Canadian matches her best result in women's doubles at the Australian Open.

In her only previous quarter-final appearance in Melbourne back in 2018, Dabrowski and former partner Yifan Xu of China fell to the eventual runner-ups — Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina.

Currently ranked eighth in the world in doubles, Dabrowski has a new partner in Ostapenko for the opening Grand Slam of the year. She split with Xu after last season.

Dabrowski also is still alive in the mixed doubles with partner Henri Kontinen of Finland.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 25, 2020.

Stephanie Myles, The Canadian Press

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