'Lucky' Raonic takes down Sock to advance to 3rd round

Canadian Milos Raonic won but had his struggles against American Jack Sock at the Rogers Cup Tennis...

Canadian Milos Raonic won but had his struggles against American Jack Sock at the Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament at the Rexall Centre on August 6, 2014. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

TORONTO -- Close call, that one.

Milos Raonic, the hometown hope at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, staved off becoming the final Canadian eliminated from the Masters 1000 event on Wednesday night, outlasting 21-year-old Jack Sock in a marathon, winning the three-set tiebreak, 6-4, 7-6(2) 7-6(4), on Centre Court at the Rexall Centre.

"First match of a new tournament. It's never going to be pretty," Raonic said. "You've just got to go and fight though, and I was able to do so."

It's the fifth time Raonic has beaten the American — Sock's a wild-card entry here — in six previous matches.

With Eugenie Bouchard suffering a stinging upset on the women's side in Montreal the previous night, Raonic represented one final chance for a Canadian winner on home soil in 2014.

That possibility remains thanks to a booming service game from Raonic, who scored 15 aces on a night he struggled elsewhere, hitting into the net and floating shots long throughout most of two hour, 24-minute match.

Raonic finished with 45 unforced errors to his opponent's 30.

Julien Benneteau, ranked 47th in the world, is Raonic's third-round opponent, slated for Thursday night.


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