Milos Raonic stays on roll with win in Cincinnati

Milos Roanic returns a shot to Janko Tipsarevic during the Western and Southern Open August 14,...

Milos Roanic returns a shot to Janko Tipsarevic during the Western and Southern Open August 14, 2013 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 8:48 PM ET

Milos Raonic is the last Canadian singles player standing at the Western and Southern Open.

The 22-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., took out Yugoslavia’s Janko Tipsarevic in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (4), Wednesday in Cincinnati.

Raonic, ranked 10th in the world but seeded 12th in this ATP Masters 1000 tournament, will next face American John Isner in the third round.

“Isner will be tough, it will come down to a few points,” said Raonic, who is coming off his first appearance in the final of the Rogers Cup. “I have to serve well and keep the pressure on him in that sense. If I create opportunities I have to make the most of them and play as disciplined as possible.”

After a semifinal appearance at the Rogers Cup last week, Vasek Pospisil was stopped in the second round.

The 23-year-old from Vernon, B.C., was ousted with a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (6) loss to Belgian qualifier David Goffin.

Pospisil admitted afterwards that he's been feeling the strain of getting to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup, where he lost to Raonic.

“I’m a little emotionally drained,” he said. “Maybe it’s good to rest before the (U.S.) Open."

On the women’s side, Eugenie Bouchard gave Serena Williams an early scare, breaking the world No. 1 in the first game and once more en route to winning the first set.

Afterward, however, Williams steadied herself and eventually knocked out the 19-year-old from Westmount, Que., 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, for a second-round victory.


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