Another win for Milos!
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After spending the latter half of the 2019 season on the sideline due to injury, Milos Raonic appears to be back to his dominant self. Commanding service games, booming forehands and calm demeanor have all been on display throughout his matches so far at the Australian Open, including his 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Marin Cilic on Day 7.
It was a sluggish start from the Canadian in his fourth round match. His opponent, however, appeared to be in fine form, dominating baseline rallies. Reliable as always, Raonic was able to depend on on his powerful and strategic serving to get himself out of a few tricky situations early on.
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Raonic broke late to take the opening set and brought his confident play into the second, getting the early break with an impressive backhand return. After Cilic took a medical timeout, it was back to business for the Canadian who continued to dominate play and eventually would take a two-set lead.
Despite being ahead in the match, Raonic recognized that it was far from over and that his opponent was not to be taken lightly. In fact, Cilic had won back-to-back five-set matches in his two previous rounds.
With the pressure (and the temperature) increasing in the third set, the Canadian maintained his composure. He fought off two set points before managing to get the late break he needed to take the lead. Raonic sealed his victory with an ace, his 35th of the match.
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“It feels pretty damn good. I am just happy with the way things are going right now. Hopefully more exciting things are ahead,” stated Raonic after the match.
This was the fourth meeting between Raonic and Cilic and their first on hard court since 2013. With his win, the Thornhill, Ontario native brings their career head-to-head to two wins apiece.
Up next for the Canadian in the quarter-finals is the winner of the match between Diego Schwartzman and world no. 2 Novak Djokovic.