Canadian Raonic loses to Hewitt

Canadian Milos Raonic hits a return to Australia's Lleyton Hewitt during their men's singles match...

Canadian Milos Raonic hits a return to Australia's Lleyton Hewitt during their men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Jan. 21, 2012. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne)

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, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

Canadian Milos Raonic fought a good fight against Lleyton Hewitt, but wasted his early upper hand and lost in four sets, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3, in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday in Melbourne.

Raonic played an almost perfect first set to take the lead, but circumstances changed when Hewitt found his form and skillfully used his speed and experience to overcome Raonic.

Raonic, who turned 21 last month, finally gave in after a struggle that went on over three hours, successfully winning 23 aces, but committing 54 unforced errors.

Hewitt, a local favorite and former world No. 1, will meet defending champion Novak Djokovic in the next round.


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