Milos Raonic advances to the quarterfinals of the 2020 Western & Southern Open

Milos Raonic (Wikimedia Commons)

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ontario is in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Western & Southern Open in New York. The tournament is the first on the ATP Tour since the five-month pause due to coronavirus. In the third round on Tuesday, Raonic came through with a win over three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray of Glasgow, Scotland.

Raonic defeated Murray 6-2, 6-2 in a match that was stopped because of rain after the first set. The delay lasted approximately 90 minutes. Once again Raonic’s serve was working exceptionally well, as he had 10 aces, compared to Murray’s five. Raonic also did extremely well with his return of service. He broke Murray four times in seven opportunities, including twice in each set.

Murray, who is returning to the tennis world after hip surgery, won the U.S. Open in 2012, and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016. Murray’s win at Wimbledon in 2016 was over Raonic in the final.

Raonic will now face Filip Krajinovic of Serbia, the 32nd ranked player in the world. This will be their first career meeting. Raonic is currently ranked 30th in the world.

Krajinovic made tennis headlines from the second round when he upset Australian Open finalist and two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, the second seed of the tournament. However, it was the way that Krajinovic clobbered Thiem that is notable. Krajinovic beat Thiem 6-2, 6-1. Krajinovic then beat Marton Fucsovics of Hungary by the same 6-2, 6-1 scoreline in round three on Wednesday. The other three quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open have Novak Djokovic of Serbia versus Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, Reilly Opelka of the United States versus Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, and Daniil Medvedev of Russia versus Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.

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