Fifteenth seed Milos Raonic storms past James Blake in a three-setter and sets up a fourth round US Open match against Olympic champion Murray.
Rising star Raonic humbled experienced American Blake in straight sets. Former number four Blake reached two US Open quarterfinals when he was at his prime, but was helpless against tall Canadian youngster today. The American had two break points at 2-2 in the opener, but squandered them and allowed Raonic to break him in next game. Raonic held his remaining two service games and went one set up.
The second set was a one-man show. Raonic lost only one rally when serving, and was producing one break point after another. He converted three of them to win with six games to love, thus providing himself a two-set cushion after less than hour of play.
32-years old Blake was facing an uphill-battle, but nevertheless made a great effort to return into the match. He was broken in the fifth game of the third set, just to break back and make it to the tie-break. However, Raonic kept his composure and with the help of couple of mini-breaks he capped off a strong third round US Open performance by blasting his 29th ace of the match. The Canadian may have made more unforced errors than Blake (26-14), but was able to compensate that by striking 54 winners (Blake 17) in one hour and 46 minutes of play.
End score: 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 (3) for Raonic who will challenge Andy Murray in round of sixteen.
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