Raonic gets to round 3, beats Rus­sian Youzhny in Lon­don

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - CHRIS LEHOURITES

Canada’s Mi­los Raonic ad­vanced to the third round of Wim­ble­don with a 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, 7-5 win over Rus­sia’s Mikhail Youzhny on Thurs­day.

Raonic, the sixth seed from Thorn­hill, Ont., picked up a key break to take a 6-5 lead in the third set. He later se­cured the vic­tory with his 27th ace of the match.

The match on the No. 2 court at the All Eng­land Club took two hours 40 min­utes to com­plete. Raonic, a fi­nal­ist last year at Wim­ble­don, will next face 25th-seeded Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las of Spain.

Ramos-Vi­no­las needed five sets to com­plete a 7-5, 6-7 (6), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 vic­tory over Rus­sia’s An­drey Rublev. The match lasted three hours 32 min­utes.

Raonic and Ramos-Vi­no­las have split their two pre­vi­ous meet­ings. Raonic was vic­to­ri­ous when they met in Davis Cup play in 2013 and Ramos-Vi­no­las de­feated the Cana­dian in the round of 16 last year on clay at the French Open.

Mean­while, No­vak Djokovic had to play all three sets at Wim­ble­don this time.

The three-time cham­pion ad­vanced to the third round by beat­ing Adam Pavlasek, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1, two days after his open­ing match ended early when his op­po­nent re­tired with an in­jury.

Djokovic won the Wim­ble­don ti­tle in 2011, ’14 and ’15. But he has not won a ma­jor ti­tle since com­plet­ing a ca­reer Grand Slam at the 2016 French Open.

In his open­ing two matches at the All Eng­land Club, Djokovic has only lost eight games. “It’s per­fect. Ex­actly what I want,” Djokovic said. “I don’t want to have any five-set matches in there.”

Djokovic will next face Ernests Gul­bis. The un­seeded Lat­vian de­feated Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Third-seeded Roger Fed­erer of Switzer­land de­feated Du­san La­jovic of Ser­bia, 7-6 (0), 6-3, 6-2, and, on the women’s side, top-ranked Angelique Kerber of Ger­many beat Kirsten Flip­kens of Bel­gium, 7-5, 7-5. Grigor Dim­itrov, Gael Mon­fils and David Fer­rer also reached the third round. Fer­rer ad­vanced when op­po­nent Steve Dar­cis re­tired with an in­jury while trail­ing 3-0.

Dar­cis is the eighth man to re­tire dur­ing a match this week. The Bel­gian took a med­i­cal time­out after 18 min­utes of play and was un­able to con­tinue. Two-time ma­jor cham­pion Svet­lana Kuznetsova, seeded sev­enth, ad­vanced to the third round in the women’s draw along with ninth-seeded Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska and 24th-seeded CoCo Van­deweghe.

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