Australian Open

Raonic blasts into Open Round 4

2015-01-24 11:15
Milos Raonic (File)

Melbourne - Power-serving eighth seed Milos Raonic smashed 22 aces on the way to a straight sets demolition of Benjamin Becker to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open on Saturday.

The Canadian defeated the German 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 in 1hr 41min on Hisense Arena to ease into the round of 16 where he will face Spanish 12th seed Feliciano Lopez.

The victory means Raonic has equalled his best performance at Melbourne Park after reaching the round of 16 as a qualifier in 2011.

He served at 71 percent and clocked a fastest serve at 225 kph (181 mph) among the many thunderbolts he hurtled down at Becker.

Raonic, 24, is on track for a likely semi-final with world number one Novak Djokovic if he can get past Lopez.

"I do believe in myself a lot. I do believe I have a lot more answers than I had last year," he said.

"And I do believe I can use them in the right way to put myself in as good a possibility to win that I can."

The Canadian hit 46 winners and only 19 unforced errors, while Becker made just 21 winners.

"Last year I made my first quarter-final (French Open) and followed it up with my first semi-final (Wimbledon)," added Raonic.

"I have a better understanding of how to deal with things, a better understanding of how to play second weeks.

"To be honest, the tournament really does start the second week of the slams. It's time to sort of buckle down."

Raonic was the first man from his country since 1908 to reach a Grand Slam semi at Wimbledon and said it was great time for Canadian tennis, with women's seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard also playing well in Melbourne.

"I'm grateful to be a part of it and let's keep changing those dates, let's keep breaking new records," he said.

Becker, 33, whose serve was broken five times, showed little threat to Raonic after coming from behind to eliminate Australian dual Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt in five sets in the previous round.

Read more on:    atp tour  |  australian open  |  milos raonic  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.