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Milos Raonic progresses into next round in Toronto

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Milos Raonic progresses into next round in Toronto
Milos Raonic kept the hopes of the Canadian tennis fans alive in the Toronto Masters tournament as he survived a potential defeat against American Jack Sock on centre court on Wednesday night at Rexall Centre.

Milos Raonic, winner of the last week’s Citi Open, was far from his absolute best on Wednesday night when he locked horns with up and rising Jack Sock in the second round match in the Rogers Cup. The big serving Canadian somehow managed to extend his stayin the home event as he defeated Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4) in two hours and 24 minutes.

Raonic could not maintain the moment and lost his serve in the 5th game, to allow Sock to take an early lead of 3-2 in the opening set. However, Raonic showed resilience as he dug deep to push the next two sets into a tie-breaker. The World No. 6 consistently clocked over 200 kmph mark with his serve, dished out 15 aces and won total 51 percent of the points in the match to get better of his opponent for the day.

"All the difficulties getting through that match, facing break points two of my service games consecutively, doing a poor job in converting the chances I had," Raonic said. "All those things that maybe if it doesn't go your way you would've said, 'I wish I did this differently, and this and this in these situations,' all that, let's say weight that might be on your shoulders, it's the relief of that just sort of getting off."

"I feel good in those [tie-break] situations, especially if things are not going throughout the set the way I would have liked," said Raonic. "I'm not converting opportunities or giving away too many opportunities. I know that if I can get it to a tie-break, I can sort of tip things in my favour."

"I have a fairly decent amount of confidence right now in general just from the summer," said Sock. "[It] feels like everything is falling in place for me right now. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year and the rest of the summer. Hopefully I can just keep going."

23-year-old Raonic will next take on JulienBenneteau, who knocked out 11th seed ErnestsGulbis 7-6(4), 6-3 earlier in the day. Raonic holdsa 2-1 head-to-head record against the Frenchman.

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