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Canada's Raonic earns first-round win over India's Nagal at Indian Wells

Milos Raonic Milos Raonic - The Canadian Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Canada's Milos Raonic pulled out a 6-3, 6-3 first-round win over India's Sumit Nagal on Thursday at the BNP Paribas Open.

The Thornhill, Ont., native fired nine aces and won 76.5 per cent of his first-serve points.

Raonic, 33, also broke on three of his 12 opportunities in the one-hour 28-minute match.

The match was interrupted by a two-plus hour rain delay early in the second set.

The weather conditions also pushed Canadian Denis Shapovalov's first-round match against Botic van de Zandschulp of the Netherlands to Friday.

Raonic was initially supposed to face 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal of Spain, but the 37-year-old withdrew from the tournament Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 7, 2024.