Raonic advances past Johnson in Cincinnati

Milos Raonic of Canada serves during a match at Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio....

Milos Raonic of Canada serves during a match at Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

Milos Raonic squandered a golden opportunity to put away his opponent Friday, but eventually finished the job in a third-set tiebreaker.

The 23-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., defeated Steve Johnson of the U.S., 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (4), to earn a berth in the Cincinnati Open quarterfinals.

Raonic built a 5-4 lead in the final frame and had a chance to serve for the match until Johnson broke the Canadian to pull even en route to the tiebreaker.

Raonic, the No. 5 seed, dominated in the serve department, scoring 30 aces to Johnson’s four.

Canada’s last tournament hope in the singles department, Raonic will next face 15th-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy for a spot in the semifinals.


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