August 15, 2012
Raonic bags a Marcos in Cincinnati
By QMI Agency
Canadian Milos Raonic will play fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic for a berth in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Raonic, now ranked 19th in the world and coming off a first-round straight-set upset of Rogers Cup finalist Richard Gasquet on Tuesday, moved into the third round with a 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-4 win over unseeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus Wednesday. Baghdatis was a former finalist at the Aussie Open earlier this year.
If the 21-year-old from Thornhill beats Berdych, it will mark the second consecutive week he's advanced as far as the quarterfinals. He lost to American John Isner in the quarters at the Rogers Cup, although he was handed the spot in the final eight when Andy Murray pulled out due to a knee injury.
"We're both going to be going for our shots," Raonic said of his match with Berdych. "For myself, on my serve it's going to be a priority to really try to dictate as much as possible. On the returns, just sort of make him try to play as much as possible and hopefully create some opportunities with it."
After losing the first set in a tiebreak, Raonic got his game in high gear in the second set and wound up rolling over Baghdatis, a second-round loser last week in Toronto, too. Raonic is now 2-0 against Baghdatis during his career.
Raonic finished with 22 aces, including 10 in the third set, and wound up converting 65% of his first serves. Baghdatis, meanwhile, made 33 unforced errors.