Raonic advances to third round of Wimbledon
For the third time in his career, Milos Raonic has earned a spot in the third round of Wimbledon.
Raonic won his second match of The Championships on Thursday, defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2.
It’s the third straight year the 25-year-old has reached the third round at the All England Club. Raonic lost to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios last year after struggling with injury. He reached Wimbledon’s semifinals in 2014.
Raonic-Seppi was supposed to take place on Wednesday but was postponed due to rain. The Canadian won his first match of Wimbledon on Monday, defeating Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-4.
Raonic fired 12 of his 25 aces in the opening set on Thursday. In a back-and-forth set, Raonic edged Seppi 7-5 in the tiebreak to win 7-6.
In the second, Raonic, up 4-3, came back from 0-30 down to take a 5-3 lead and go on to win 6-4. In the third set, Seppi grabbed a 2-1 lead only to lose the next five points, falling 6-2 to Raonic.
The Thornhill, Ontario native will face American Jack Sock – who is the doubles partner of Canadian Vasek Pospisil – in the third round.
On the women’s side, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard defeated Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday. Bouchard will face Britain’s Johanna Konta – who is seeded 16th – in the second round on Thursday.