Canada’s Raonic swats his way to quar­ters

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JOHN CHIDLEY-HILL

TORONTO — Mi­los Raonic has warmed up to the same song at ev­ery match of the Rogers Cup — “My House” by Flo Rida. The song is al­ready om­nipresent at sport­ing events, but it es­pe­cially re­flects how Raonic wants to play at the ATP Tour event in his home­town, dom­i­nat­ing ev­ery set and show­ing a new-found un­der­stand­ing of the short game.

The Cana­dian eas­ily dis­patched Amer­i­can qual­i­fier Jared Don­ald­son 6-2, 6-3 on Thurs­day night in the third round of the Rogers Cup. Raonic will play France’s Gael Mon­fils on cen­tre court at York Univer­sity’s Aviva Cen­tre in the quar­ter-fi­nals on Fri­day.

“I’m tak­ing care of my own things, cre­at­ing some op­por­tu­ni­ties. And, you know, I’m go­ing for the shots,” said Raonic on his ag­gres­sive play. “I’m tak­ing time away from the other guy, mak­ing the guy, from what I can tell, the other side of the net, un­com­fort­able, not giving him too much rhythm.”

Raonic, from nearby Thorn­hill, Ont., es­tab­lished his dom­i­nance over Don­ald­son from the very first serve, hit­ting 235 km/h on the radar gun. He fired four aces to earn his first game and won the set with a slic­ing back­hand vol­ley at the net, pump­ing his fist as the crowd roared its ap­proval.

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