Straight sets, quick win for Raonic

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Canada’s Mi­los Raonic ad­vanced to the third round of the Ital­ian Open with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Ger­many’s Tommy Haas on Wed­nes­day.

Raonic, from Thorn­hill, used his dom­i­nant serve to dis­patch Haas in a lit­tle over an hour. Raonic lost only 13 ser­vice points while fir­ing 10 aces past the 39year-old vet­eran and sav­ing both break points he faced.

Raonic, seeded fifth in Rome, will face 12th-seed To­mas Berdych in thir­dround ac­tion Thurs­day.

The 26-year-old Raonic has won four of his last six games against the Czech vet­eran, but Berdych took their last clay-court match in Monte Carlo in 2015.

Raonic is 5-2 this sea­son on clay, and ad­vanced to his first fi­nal on this sur­face two weeks ago in Is­tan­bul.

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