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Raonic Edges Hewitt in Washington; Johnson Saves 2 MPs To Beat Karlovic

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Raonic© Getty Images SportMilos Raonic is the first Canadian to break into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Second seed Milos Raonic edged 2004 champion Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(1), 7-6(3) in Washington D.C. on Thursday evening to secure a berth in the Citi Open quarter-finals.

Raonic, No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, claimed 72 per cent of points on his serve (63 of 87) and blasted 29 aces during the battle lasting one hour and 50 minutes. Neither player dropped serve during the third-round encounter.

“I'm happy with a lot of things about the win today, especially the way I was able to fight through the important games,” said Raonic. “I was able to find my rhythm well at the end of each set. He made it difficult for me. The right attitude really got me through today in the key moments.” Watch Interview

The 23-year-old Raonic goes on to play American Steve Johnson, who clawed his way to a second consecutive third-set tie-break win, against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia.

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The two-time NCAA singles champion saved two match points against the 6’ 11’’ Karlovic in the final-set tie-break to win 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(7). Karlovic fired 27 aces and did not face a break point. One day earlier, the 24-year-old Johnson upset American No. 1 John Isner in a third-set tie-breaker.

Seventh seed Kevin Anderson dropped just three points on his first serve to beat Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 6-3, 6-4. The South African and World No. 21 booked a quarter-final meeting with American Donald Young, who upset 15th seed Denis Istomin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in one hour and 40 minutes. Young notched his 50th ATP World Tour win on Wednesday when he downed 17th seed Julien Benneteau in the second round.

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