Raonic falls to Federer yet again

Milos Raonic hits a return to Roger Federer during their second-round match at the Madrid Open, May...

Milos Raonic hits a return to Roger Federer during their second-round match at the Madrid Open, May 9, 2012. (SUSANA VERA/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 5:59 PM ET

Maybe Roger Federer wanted to exact a little revenge for his country's loss to Canada at the world hockey championships.

Whetever the case, the second meeting between the Swiss ace and up-and-coming Canadian star Milos Raonic ended the same way their first did -- a come-from-behind win by Federer.

After Raonic, ranked 23rd in the world, won the first set in the the Mutua Madrid Open second-round match Wednesday, third-seeded Federer stormed back to take the next two, the latter in a tiebreak, to move on to the third round with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) win.

The second match between the two was almost identical to the first, a Federer win in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., in March. But instead of being pounded into the court by Federer in the final two sets after winning the first, this time Raonic kept it a little closer.

The 21-year-old Raonic finished with 21 aces -- Federer had a more pedestrian seven -- and just one double fault, but his 30-year-old opponent was just too good when it mattered.


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