Federer vs. Raonic in the fourth round of Australian Open
January 19, 2013 · Print This Article
Montreal, January 19, 2013 – Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) advanced to the fourth round on Saturday at the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the tennis season in Melbourne.
Raonic, seeded no. 13 in the men’s draw, posted a 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-4 victory over world no. 19 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany to book his place in the round of 16 at a Major for the third time in his career and for the second time in three years in Melbourne. Raonic also made the second week in his first main draw appearance at the Australian Open in 2011.
In his win over Kohlschreiber, Raonic hit 23 aces, 44 winners, and did not face one break point in the match. He also earned service breaks early in the second and third sets to secure a straight sets triumph over his first time opponent.
Raonic vs. Federer in round four
Raonic’s win over Kohlschreiber sets up a round of 16 encounter against world no. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland who beat Aussie Bernard Tomic in the third round. The 22-year-old Canadian has played the 17-time Grand Slam champion on three previous occasions. Despite losing all three matches, Raonic has won a set in each. This will be their first meeting at a Grand Slam.
Meanwhile in doubles, Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON) and Mahesh Bhupathi of India reached the third round thanks to a 6-1, 7-6(8) win over Victor Hanescu and Martin Klizan. They will next face the Italian team of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.