Milos Raonic reaches Thailand Open quarterfinals

Milos Raonic serves to Ivo Karlovic during their men's singles match at the Thailand Open in...

Milos Raonic serves to Ivo Karlovic during their men's singles match at the Thailand Open in Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 27, 2012. (PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL/AFP)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:58 PM ET

Milos Raonic made his return to action a successful one Thursday, despite feeling a little rusty.

Raonic, playing for the first time since representing Canada in a Davis Cup tie with South Africa two weeks ago, beat hard-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (3), 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open.

Even though he got the straight-set win, Raonic admitted to being a little out of sorts during the second-round match against Karlovic, which was his first in the tourney. He managed just one break against the 6-foot-10 Karlovic but it was enough for him to move on.

“I think I’m just a little bit out of rhythm,” Raonic said. “I find the court a little different from the practice court and I didn’t have a chance to get on this one really. The next match is gonna be very different from today. If I keep my focus and intensity like today, I think I have my opportunity and feel that it will be OK.”

The 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., the third seed in the ATP 250 event and No. 14 in the world, will take on 13th-ranked Jarkko Nieminen in the quarters. It will be the first time the two have met on the court.


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