Milos Raonic was in action on Tuesday morning in his opening round match against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany. Raonic, the tournament’s sixth seed, needed just a little over two hours to overcome his opponent in straight sets, 7-6(5), 6-2, 7-6(4).
Last year’s finalist wins in straight sets…
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The Canadian comes into the tournament as the defending finalist from 2016, where he ultimately lost to Andy Murray. In search of his first Grand Slam title, he will be looking to make another deep run at Wimbledon this year.
In the first set, play was relatively even between the two opponents. The Canadian dominated while on serve, tallying seven aces, but failed to convert on his five break point opportunities. Raonic eventually took the set in a tie-break.
This was the first meeting between Raonic and Struff. The German, who reached a career-high ranking of no. 44 earlier this year, has never made it past the second round at Wimbledon.
Raonic had a strong start to the second set, where he jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead by reason of two early breaks, before taking the set 6-2.
The Canadian began the third set like he did the second, with an early break of serve. Facing a few break points late in the set, Raonic relied on his powerful serve to get him out of trouble. An error towards the end of the set by the Canadian allowed Struff to even the score and get back into the match. Raonic regained control in the tie-break and closed out the set.
#Wimbledon 2nd round: 🇨🇦 (6) Raonic faces 🇷🇺 (86) Youzhny on Thursday
Milos 2-1 v Mikhail, but lost most recent match (’16 St. Petersburg) pic.twitter.com/xWjxWXjQZN
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In the second round, Raonic will face Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, who defeated Frenchman Nicolas Mahut on Monday. The Canadian leads their head to head match-up with two wins in three encounters.
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