Milos Raonic overcame a tough Tommy Robredo at the Australian Open on Thursday to secure a 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 7-5 triumph and a spot in the third round of the first Grand Slam of 2016.
Lasting just shy of three hours long, Raonic was able to secure the straight-sets win despite going just one-for-12 on break chances on Robredo’s serve. Raonic was able to stay strong on his own serve, blasting 24 aces and saving all four break points he faced.
Raonic has now won all six matches he has played against the No. 42-ranked Spaniard. Next up for the Canadian star, seeded No. 13 in Melbourne, will be No. 21 seed Viktor Troicki. Raonic is currently 2-1 versus the Serbian, who is riding a six-match win streak after capturing the title in Sydney last week.
In doubles action, Canadian Adil Shamasdin and partner Philipp Oswald of Austria were eliminated by Americans Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky 6-4, 7-5 in the first round.