Tennis

Raonic outlasts Gojowczyk in four sets at US Open

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The Canadian Press
8/28/2014 10:22:52 PM
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NEW YORK -- Canadian Milos Raonic advanced to the third round at the U.S. Open, holding off German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk for a 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win on Thursday.

Canada's Wimbledon women's finalist Eugenie Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., was playing her second round match under the lights at Arthur Ashe stadium against Romanian Sorana Cirstea in a first-time meeting.

Raonic took his revenge after losing to Gojowczyk last June on grass in Halle, Germany, providing the German with his first career top 10 win.

World No. 6 Raonic ended with 26 aces as he heads into an upcoming match against 34-year-old tournament debutant Victor Estrella Burgos after the player from the Dominican Repubic defeated 17-year-old Croatian Borna Coric by a 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 scoreline.

"It's about finding a way and getting through. That's what I was able to do," said Raonic. "I have one day now to get better and I know I'll play better my next match."

The Canadian still feels he has improvements to make in his game.

"I wasn't focusing on the right things. I got a little bit caught up," he said. "I didn't focus on my stuff. I was getting a little too caught up in him rather than focusing on myself."

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., improved his New York record to 8-3 as he plays for the fourth time in five years after missing 2011 after his hip surgery.

Conditions were difficult for both players in the wind, but Raonic said the weather "didn't really matter."

"You just have to deal with things as they come and find a way to win," he said. "It could have been perfectly calm today and been a different story."

Raonic took the 52-minute opening set in a tiebreaker as Gojowczyk landed a forehand long.

But the 124th-ranked German fought back to level by winning the second set after losing a 3-1 lead but breaking in the final game. Raonic answered to take a two sets to one lead as he sent over his 16th ace on set point with the clock running at almost 90 minutes on court.

Raonic needed to work to secure the win, finally going through after three hours with 46 winers and 47 unforced errors.



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