Raonic advances into the 3rd round of US Open

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Milos Raonic delivered an accomplished performance to defeat Frenchman Paul Henri-Mathieu in straight sets, 7-5 6-4 7-6(4). After hitting fifteen double faults in the last match, the improvements were clear to see. He only hit five compared with thirty aces, including many at key moments of the match.

As to be expected, serve was dominant throughout and in the first set Raonic only faced one break point, which also served as a set point at *4-5 30-40. What happened next is what we’ve come to expect from the Canadian as he hit a 121mph second serve to save it and hold. The very next game saw the first break of the match after Mathieu could not accurately pick up a Raonic volley, pushing the ball wide on the second of two set points.

Raonic was unbreakable throughout and in the second set dropped just three points in the whole set on serve, one of which was a double fault. The decisive break came in the fifth game as he took advantage of some weak second serves for a break to 15.

Mathieu dropped just one point on serve during the regular part of the third set as the expected tiebreaker finally happened in the match. Unfortunately for the Frenchman he doubled his tally losing the tiebreak from a minibreak up at 3-1, dropping the vital point at 4-4. With two serves to finish the match, Raonic made no mistake.

A single break in the first two sets and two in the last was enough for Sam Querrey to see off Spanish opponent Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo. Querrey was dominant on serve throughout, hitting 20 aces and avoided facing a single break point in a 6-3 6-4 6-3 victory.

Much like the Raonic match, return points were at a premium and Querrey took one of only two break point chances available in the first set to take a 4-2 lead, and held his next two service games to love for a one set lead.

After a marathon third game which saw six deuces but no break points, Querrey had better luck next time round taking the only break opportunity of this set as he continued to punish the second serve of his opponent.

As the match wore on Querrey began to get more and more of a read on the Ramirez-Hidalgo serve and this showed as Querrey held break points on four of the five service games in the final set. If there was any doubt this was no longer a contest, his break for a *2-1 lead dispelled any such thoughts. The American was spared any chance of a very unlikely service collapse when he broke again to 30, taking the first match point on offer to book a third round tie with Tomas Berdych.

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