There was no post-Rogers Cup letdown for Milos Raonic at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Raonic, ranked 10th in the world but seeded 12th in Cincy, got off to a slow start before blowing past American Jack Sock 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in his opening-round match at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament. The result evened Raonic’s record against Sock at 1-1.
Raonic, who finished with just eight aces in the win over Sock, will play unseeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the second round. Tipsarevic beat Sam Querrey of the U.S. 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 in his first-round match.
Meanwhile, Vasek Pospisil advanced to the second round of the tournament after No. 15 seed Gilles Simon retired in the second set. Pospisil, of Vernon, B.C., was leading, 6-3, 1-1, when the match ended.