Milos Raonic flying the flag for Canada at the Australian Open after securing last-16 spot with win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert
- Milos Raonic secured safe passage through to the Australian Open last-16
- The big-serving Raonic produced a straight-set 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 win on Saturday
- His opponent, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, struggled to match the Canadian’s power
Milos Raonic is the only Canadian left standing as he eased to a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert to move into the fourth round of the Australian Open for the sixth time.
It came after Raonic had two tough opening matches with Nick Kyrgios and 2014 champion Stan Warwinka.
Raonic swept to 3-0 and 5-1 leads in the tiebreaker but Herbert rallied to level at 5-5. Herbert saved one match point before Raonic clinched the 2-hour, 1-minute match with an ace.
Milos Raonic booked his place in the last-16 of the Australian Open with a straight sets win
Raonic is flying the flag for Canada after all of his compatriots found themselves eliminated
The big server has already had a tough run facing Stan Wawrinka and Australian Nick Kyrgios
Pierre-Hugues Herbert fought valiantly but struggled to match the immense power of Raonic
Schedules can be gruelling, particularly with the soaring temperatures on court. For Raonic, a rest on Friday was key to his success over Herbert.
‘I took yesterday off and didn’t come on to a tennis court, after four hours on one on Thursday,’ Raonic said after the win.
‘I came out fresh and glad to have another match in two days.’
Raonic cited after the win that staying away from the practice courts allowed him to rest up
Raonic will play the winner of the match between fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev and Alex Bolt.
But while Raonic now looks ahead to the latter stages of the first Grand Slam of the season, Canadian compatriot Denis Shapovalov saw his Australian Open ending by world No 1 Novak Djokovic.
While he was able to briefly trouble Djokovic by taking the fourth set, it was a tough afternoon for the talented 19-year-old as he faced the Serb still trying to reach his imperious best.
His run does not get any easier now as he faced a potential clash with No 4 Alexander Zverev