Raonic wins three tie-breaks to progress but rain holds up Cilic

  • Posted: Jul 04, 2018
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Former Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic had to work hard before reaching the third round of the men’s singles.

The Canadian 13th seed won three tie-breaks to beat Australian John Millman 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4).

Raonic, 27, was tested by world number 56 Millman, but showed more consistency in the tie-breaks.

Raonic, who lost the 2016 final to Britain’s Andy Murray, will play Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak for a place in the last 16.

Novak beat 16th seed Lucas Pouille of France 6-4 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 3-6 6-2 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

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Also through is American 11th seed Sam Querrey, who defeated Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 6-3.

France’s Gael Monfils recovered from losing the opening set to beat Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3), thrilling the crowd with some spectacular shots.

Third seed Marin Cilic, eighth seed Kevin Anderson and Stan Wawrinka were among those whose matches were suspended after showers late on Wednesday.

Cilic leads Guido Pello by two sets to love but Pello is 4-3 up with a break in the third, while Anderson is two sets to one up on Italy’s Andreas Seppi.

Swiss Wawrinka, now ranked 224 in the world after injury problems, lost the first set to Seppi’s compatriot Thomas Fabbiano on a tie-break, but took the second and leads 6-5 in the third.

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