Raonic rolls in Halle

Canadia's Milos Raonic reacts during his first round match against China's Ze Zhang at the ATP...

Canadia's Milos Raonic reacts during his first round match against China's Ze Zhang at the ATP Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament. (Carmen Jaspesen/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 2:55 PM ET

HALLE, GERMANY - Canadian star Milos Raonic and former champion Tomas Berdych were among Wednesday's second-round winners at the $835,000 Gerry Weber Open, a grass-court Wimbledon tuneup.

A fifth-seeded Raonic routed helpless Chinese qualifier Ze Zhang 6-1, 6-1 while The third-seeded Berdych blew past Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2 at Gerry Weber Stadium.

Berdych was the Gerry Weber titlist in 2007 and runner-up in 2006.

A mild Day-3 upset came when former top-10 star Mikhail Youzhny of Russia upended fourth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

One other result saw Berdych's fellow Czech Radek Stepanek handle German Cedric-Marcel Stebe 6-4, 6-4. Stepanek will tangle with Youzhny in Friday's quarterfinals.

Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will play their second-round matches on Thursday. The former top-ranked Nadal will take on Slovak Lukas Lacko, while the former No. 1 Federer will encounter Germany's own Florian Mayer.

Nadal is fresh off his third straight and record-setting seventh overall French Open title. Federer is a five-time champion here and former runner-up in Halle, where a street has been named after the Swiss icon.

The 2012 Halle champ will collect $150,000.


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