The #NextGenATP of Canada — Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime — bowed out within the first spherical on the Australian Open. However Milos Raonic, the secure hand of Canadian males’s tennis for the previous decade, made positive on Friday evening that the rustic could have a presence in the second one week of the season’s first Grand Slam.

The 29-year-old Raonic served his well past 2019 semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-4, 7-6(2) in Margaret Courtroom Enviornment. The Greek devoted have been out in complete power for Tsitsipas, belting “Stefanos Tsitsipas, olé, olé, olé, olé, olé, olé”.

However over and over, Raonic quieted the overwhelmingly pro-Tsitsipas crowd along with his giant sport. Now not that he confronted a lot hassle on his serve; Raonic received just about 90 according to cent of his first-serve issues and not confronted a damage level in opposition to the reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion.

“Lately used to be a fantastic fit for me,” Raonic stated. “I used to be more than pleased with how issues went. I benefit from the power of taking part in in this courtroom and it is nice to be wholesome and taking part in smartly. I will be able to take a large number of excitement on this win.”

The 32nd-seeded Raonic, who ended 2017 at Global No. 3, is thru to every other fourth spherical in Melbourne. He is made no less than the quarter-finals in 4 of previous 5 years. He subsequent performs Marin Cilic, a five-set winner over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.
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