Top seed Milos Raonic advances at ATP Delray Beach Open

Milos Raonic advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Delray Beach Open by defeating Croatia’s Borna Coric.

tennis Updated: Feb 23, 2017 21:07 IST
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Milos Raonic in action against Borna Coric at the ATP Delray Beach Open.(AP)

Canadian top seed Milos Raonic advanced to the quarter-finals of the ATP Delray Beach Open on Wednesday by defeating Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).

On a night when rain delayed the start of play by more than eight hours, world number four Raonic fired 12 aces on his way to victory after 94 minutes in the early minutes of Thursday morning.

Milos Raonic, who reached the tie-breaker with his 11th ace and reached match point with his last ace, booked a Friday quarter-final matchup against British eighth seed Kyle Edmund, who outlasted Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Also advancing to the last eight was US third seed Jack Sock, who downed Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 6-1, and American fifth seed Steve Johnson, who eliminated Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka by the same score.

Sock and Johnson will meet in another quarter-final.

Thursday’s matchups find Argentina’s seventh-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro, in his first tournament of the year after helping his homeland win the Davis Cup, meeting Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur.

Two other second-round matches Thursday will be all-American affairs, with teen star Taylor Fritz facing Donald Young and fourth-seeded defending champion Sam Querrey meeting Jared Donaldson.

First Published: Feb 23, 2017 21:07 IST