Milos Raonic rolls into fourth round of Sony Open

Milos Raonic hits a backhand against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (not pictured) on day eight of the Sony...

Milos Raonic hits a backhand against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (not pictured) on day eight of the Sony Open at Crandon Tennis Center on Mar 24, 2014 in Miami, FL, USA. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

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, Last Updated: 5:07 PM ET

Milos Raonic had a short — and successful — work day Monday in Miami.

Raonic, seeded 12th, rolled into the fourth round of the Sony Open with a dominant 6-1, 6-2 decision over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, needing just 56 minutes to advance. It was the first time in his career that Raonic has gone this far in the Miami ATP Masters 1000 tournament.

“I think this time I just generally improved, especially on second serve returns, taking advantage more of those opportunities,” Raonic said. “It’s going to be a tough match (in the fourth round). But it’s up to me. I’ve got to play well. If I do, I can always give myself an opportunity to do well.”

After dropping one spot to 12th in the world rankings earlier Monday, Raonic used his serve to make short work of 55th-ranked Garcia-Lopez, ripping 10 aces while winning 90% of his first-serve points. The 23-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., lost just five points on his serve and had 26 winners.

Raonic, who is on a collision course with Rafael Nadal of Spain in the quarterfinals, will face lucky loser Benjamin Becker of Germany in the fourth round. Becker beat Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3, 7-5.

Canadian Daniel Nestor and partner Nenad Zimonjic, seeded sixth, moved into the third round with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Robin Haase of the Netherlands and Jonathan Marray of Great Britain Monday. Nestor and Zimonjic will next play Americans Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock.


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