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Raonic Battles Past Sock In Toronto

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Raonic© Getty ImagesMilos Raonic finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the 2013 Rogers Cup final.

Top Canadian and returning finalist Milos Raonic survived a scare on Wednesday night at the Rogers Cup, prevailing against fast-rising American Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4) after two hours and 24 minutes.

The 60th-ranked Sock earned the lone break of the match to go up 3-2 in the opening set. He had his chances to silence the Toronto fans, but was unable to convert his five ensuing break points over the next two sets.

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Raonic, who edged Sock in two tie-breaks last week in Washington, once again came up big in the crucial moments. He improved to a 21-8 mark in tie-breaks this season, winning his eighth straight to claim victory. It was the fourth match Wednesday decided in a third-set tie-break.

"I feel good in those [tie-break] situations, especially if things are not going throughout the set the way I would have liked," said Raonic. "I'm not converting opportunities or giving away too many opportunities. I know that if I can get it to a tie-break, I can sort of tip things in my favour."

The 23 year old had won the Citi Open title on Sunday, defeating Vasek Pospisil in the first all-Canadian final on the ATP World Tour. The 21-year-old Sock, who won the Wimbledon doubles title with Pospisil last month, had reached back-to-back semi-finals in Newport and Atlanta before falling to Raonic in the Washington second round.

"I have a fairly decent amount of confidence right now in general just from the summer," said Sock. "[It] feels like everything is falling in place for me right now. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year and the rest of the summer. Hopefully I can just keep going."

Raonic, the World No. 6, will next face Julien Benneteau, who upset 11th seed Ernests Gulbis 7-6(4), 6-3 earlier Wednesday. Raonic leads the Frenchman 2-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head Series.

Spaniard Feliciano Lopez defeated another American, Tim Smyczek, 7-5, 6-4, to set up a third-round meeting with fourth seed Tomas Berdych, winner over Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 in the final match on Wednesday evening.

Berdych bounced back after losing the first-set tie-break to secure victory in two hours and 18 minutes. The 28 year old, who claimed his ninth ATP World Tour title on the indoor hard courts of Rotterdam in February, improved to 3-0 against his opponent from Chinese Taipei. The World No. 5 was coming off a third-round exit (l. to Pospisil) at last week's Citi Open in Washington D.C., where he was the top seed.

Meanwhile, South African Kevin Anderson will face third seed Stan Wawrinka after ousting No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-2.  

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