Raonic Serves Up Fourth Round Spot
Wimbledon, Great Britain
by ATP Staff|
Another imperious serving display from Milos Raonic helped the Canadian to a fourth-round spot at Wimbledon on Saturday. The 23-year-old Raonic is yet be broken at The Championships and lost only nine points on serve as he defeated Lukasz Kubot 7-6(2), 7-6(4), 6-2.
The players endured a delay of several hours as heavy rain started to fall in the early stages of the third-round contest. At the resumption, Raonic wrapped up victory in one hour and 46 minutes, having struck 30 aces, taking his total for the tournament to 73. He has not dropped a set in reaching the second week at Wimbledon for the first time.
"I don't think [I've played] a match, especially in a Grand Slam, where I was able to be as dominant as I was on my serve," said the eighth seed.
Raonic is only the second Canadian male in the Open Era to reach the fourth round at Wimbledon, following Daniel Nestor in 1999 (l. to Sampras).
"There is a lot of good tennis that's been played [so far], but now you got to sort of step up your level," said Raonic. "It's not about just getting through. At this point in the tournament you have to be playing good tennis and you got to compete like crazy."
Raonic, who made his major breakthrough last month at Roland Garros, losing to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, will look to reach his second Grand Slam quarter-final when he faces either Kei Nishikori or Simone Bolelli. The tenth seed and his Italian opponent were locked in a battle at 3-3 in the fifth set when their third-round match was called due to darkness. Nishikori and Bolelli will resume their first Tour-level meeting on Monday.