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[PHOTOS] Home tennis fans see Raonic & Nestor advance

[PHOTOS] Home tennis fans see Raonic & Nestor advance

By Asif Hossain

Milos Raonic and Daniel Nestor made sure Canada wouldn’t have back-to-back disappointing days on home court by winning their respective matches in Toronto Wednesday.

UPDATE: Thursday, August 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET

Milos Raonic defeated Julien Benneteau 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the third round and will face Feliciano Lopez of Spain on Friday night in their quarterfinal match. 

In men’s singles, Raonic advanced to the third round by beating a stubborn Jack Sock on two tiebreakers 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4). This was the third and fourth time the two went to tiebreakers in a week. Raonic defeated Sock at Citi Open in Washington, DC before lifting the tournament title.

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Sock, an American, and his Canadian partner Vasek Pospisil recently won the Wimbledon doubles title. On the singles court Sock proved to be a strong match for the world number six Raonic, taking the only successful break point in the contest and pushing the hometown favourite hard throughout the night.

Relying on his booming serve, Raonic hit 15 aces, six of them coming in the all-important third set.

Prior to Raonic’s triumph, Nestor and his Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) and Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6-4, 6-4 in men’s doubles.

It’s tough enough to beat Nestor/Zimonjic under the best of conditions, but Djokovic had come off a two hour, 40-minute, three-set classic against Frenchman Gael Monfils earlier in the day.

Raonic meets Julien Benneteau of France next on Thursday. It’s a surprise third round matchup after the Frenchman defeated 11th seed Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.

Benneteau, along with his countryman Edouard Roger-Vasselin, will also have a run-in with Nestor in doubles quarterfinals likely on Friday.

In Montreal, Gabriela Dabrowski, Citi Open women’s doubles champion, will partner with Isareli Shahar Pe’er to face Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vestina on Thursday with a quarterfinal berth on the line.

By Asif Hossain

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