Sports Canada's Milos Raonic through to second round at Delray Beach Open
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ATP roundup: Pospisil beats fellow Canadian in MontpellierPospisil, who is ranked 132nd in the world, never faced a break point, and he won 90 percent of his first-serve points. Shapovalov, who is ranked 16th, saved just three of the six break points he faced.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Canada's Milos Raonic advanced to the second round of the Delray Beach Open tennis tournament with a 6-2, 6-2 win over lucky loser Denis Istomin on Tuesday.
Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., had trouble getting his first serves to land, but when he did he was deadly. He connected on just 48 per cent of first serves, but scored on 95 per cent of first serve points, including nine aces.
Raonic converted four of his 10 break point opportunities, and saved both break points he faces.
Istomin, from Uzbekistan, was a late replacement for Italy's Andreas Seppi, who withdrew with a left leg injury. Seppi played in the final of the New York Open on Sunday, losing to Kyle Edmund.
Raonic, ranked No. 37 in the world, next faces Germany's Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 18, 2020.
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Opelka to face Nishioka in ATP Delray Beach Open final .
US fourth seed Reilly Opelka rallied to defeat Canadian second seed Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 Sunday to reach the ATP Delray Beach Open final. The 22-year-old American, whose lone ATP title came at last year's New York Open, will play for the title later Sunday at the rain-hit Florida venue against Japan's 63rd-ranked Yoshihito Nishioka. Opelka beat Nishioka 6-4, 6-4 last week in the second round at New York in their only prior meeting. In a match postponed by rain from Saturday night, Raonic took the lone break of the first set and battled into a second-set tie-breaker, which Opelka led 5-0 before the Canadian roared back with six points in a row.
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