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Ferrer ends Raonic's dream run at Melbourne

Patient Spaniard David Ferrer ended the run of giant-killing qualifier Milos Raonic to advance to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory today.
Reuters | By HT Correspondent, Melbourne
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2011 12:46 PM IST

Patient Spaniard David Ferrer ended the run of giant-killing qualifier Milos Raonic to advance to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory on Monday.

The seventh-seeded Ferrer blunted the Canadian's rocket serves with nippy returns and unleashed some sweetly-struck passing shots to wrap up the match in 156 minutes at a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena.

The 20-year-old Raonic, who blasted 31 aces in his third-round victory over 10th seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny, could not repeat the fireworks, and ended up conceding the match clubbing a forehand wide, his 68th unforced error.

Ferrer will play the winner of Croatia's Marin Cilic or fellow Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who is bidding for a fourth consecutive grand slam.

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