|Milos Raonic of Canada returns a shot against Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during their men's singles first round match of the Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo on October 2, 2012. (AFP)
Canadian Milos Raonic started the Japan Open with an easy straight-set win over Czech Radek Stepanek Tuesday in Tokyo.
Raonic, seeded sixth in the ATP 500 tournament and ranked 15th in the world, needed just 83 minutes to get past Stepanek 6-4, 6-4. He is now 3-0 in his career against Stepanek.
"It was a good start for me, it was a chance to correct a few things that I didn't like about the way I finished in Bangkok (last week)," Raonic said. "This is a good sign for me. In the next round I hope to keep doing what I've been doing today. I need to play my game and stay aggressive. I want to play on my terms out there as much as possible."
Next up for Raonic is Viktor Troicki of Serbia. The 21-year-old from Thornhill beat Troicki, ranked 32nd in the world, in his first match at the Rogers Cup in Toronto in August.
Against Stepanek, Raonic hammered 10 aces and won 80% of his first-serve points. He broke Stepanek once in each set, all that he needed to move on to the second round.