Raonic moves on at BNP Paribas Open

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:23 PM ET

Canadian Milos Raonic advanced to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open Friday in Indian Wells, Calif.

Raonic, ranked 37th in the world and a wild-card entry at the event, beat Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 6-2, 7-6 (4) for his first career win in the main draw of a ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

Despite finishing with a first-serve percentage below 50, Raonic was able to get past the 120th-ranked Turk for his 15th win of the season.

It was also the 15th time the 20-year-old has played a tiebreaker this year. He has a 12-3 record in tiebreaks, tops on the ATP Tour.

Raonic will face American Mardy Fish, the 13th seed, in the second round Sunday. Fish had a first-round bye.

It will be the second meeting between Raonic and Fish in less than a month. In February, Raonic beat Fish in the semifinals of a tournament in Memphis.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and second-seeded Roger Federer are also competing in the BNP Parabis Open.


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