Raonic advances to round of 16 at US Open
September 1, 2012 · Print This Article
Montreal, September 1, 2012 – Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON), the last Canadian remaining in title contention at the U.S. Open, advanced to the Round of 16 on Saturday in New York.
Taking on American veteran James Blake, the 21-year-old Canadian played a virtually flawless match, serving 29 aces en route to a convincing 6-3, 6-0 et 7-6(3) victory and won his 21st tiebreak of the season to close out the match in straight sets. Raonic becomes the first Canadian since Davis Cup captain Martin Laurendeau in 1988 to reach the fourth round at the U.S. Open. He is also into the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the second time in his career after getting to the same stage at the Australian Open in 2011.
On Monday, Raonic, seeded no. 15 in the tournament, will take on London Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray.