Federer beats Raonic, plays Tsonga in Australian Open QFs

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Another outstanding triumph for Roger Federer in the fourth round of Australian Open 2013 as he threw out Milos Raonic in straight sets. He is to meet Jo-Wilfired Tsonga next.

The last fourth round clash of this year’s Australian Open featured second seed Swiss Federer and his young challenger Milos Raonic of Canada. Thirteenth-seeded Raonic was yet to defeat the four-time Melbourne champion who was victorious in all three of their previous encounters.

In a fast-paced match, marked by abundance of aces and service winners, Fed Express has hardly given a sniff to his rival in his service games, while threatening to break the Canadian three times in the sixth game of the opener. Raonic escaped the scare this time, but conceded a crucial double fault at 30-30 when serving to stay in the set. He tried to correct the mistake by approaching the net next, but his backhand volley got caught up in the net – one nil for Federer.

The Swiss Maestro continued to serve flawlessly in the second set too, but so did Raonic and the tie-break inevitably followed. Nothing between them until 3 all when the Canadian prepared a net attack, just to see the opponent’s backhand whistle past him – a mini break for Federer. A triple set ball was soon to come after FedEx hit a new ace. Raonic defended the first one with a wonderful forehand, but failed to execute yet another attack at the net – this time the experienced Swiss beat him with a forehand.

The third set was merely a formality – disappointed Raonic lost all hope after falling 0-4 behind, whilst Federer entertained himself and the crowd with some fabulous drop shots. He converted the second match ball at the end of a well prepared attack to wrap it all up in less than two hours. He ended the match with 14 aces and 90 percent first serve points efficiency. Raonic may have scored five aces more than the adversary, but did not generate a single break point chance. Federer advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2 final result and will try to maintain his incredible level of form when he meets Tsonga in the quarterfinals.

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