Milos Raonic to play Andy Murray in third round of Western & Southern Open

Milos Raonic (Wikimedia Commons)

Milos Raonic of Thornhill. Ontario finds himself as the last Canadian singles player left in the 2020 Western & Southern Open in New York City. The tournament normally takes place in Cincinnati, but has been moved to New York this year for coronavirus reasons.

On Monday in the second round, Raonic defeated Daniel Evans of Great Britain 6-3, 7-5. It was a prolific serving performance for Milos as he had 23 aces compared to Evans’s five. Raonic also won 89% of the points on his first serve, and 59% of his points on his second serve. Raonic also broke Evans once in each set.

Now Raonic will play another Brit in Andy Murray in the third round on Tuesday. It will be a rematch of the 2016 Wimbledon Final, which was won by Murray in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. All-time, Murray has the 11-4 advantage. Raonic beat Murray in the quarterfinals of Barcelona in 2012, the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto in 2012, the semifinals of Tokyo in 2012, and the fourth round of Indian Wells in 2014.

Meanwhile, Denis Shapovalov of Toronto, Ontario, and Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal, Quebec, were both beaten on Monday in the second round. Shapovalov lost to Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany by a score of 7-6, 3-6, 6-4. Auger-Aliassime lost to Tennys Sandgren of the United States, 6-7, 6-2, 7-6.

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