The Canadian Milos Raonic reached the fourth round of the Australian Open for the fourth time in his career by defeating Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.
The 13th seed was trailing 4-1 in the third set before winning five straight games and the match. He set the table for the match point with an ace, his 14th of the confrontation and ended the duel when Troicki (No. 21) missed a forehand.
The 25-year-old has 1:46 minutes for his third win of the week in three sets. Raonic’s next opponent will be Stanislas Wawrinka, who got the better of Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Wawrinka has reached the fourth round for the fourth consecutive year at Melbourne Park.
Interviewed on court after the match, Raonic dedicated his victory to the people of the indigenous community of La Loche, Saskatchewan, where a shooting left at least four dead and an unknown number of wounded Friday.
“Today’s victory was for the community. I hope she will hand quickly, he said, visibly moved. I am sure that the whole world is behind you. ”
The match pitted the winners of two Australian preparation tournaments – Raonic defeated Roger Federer at the Brisbane tournament while Troicki took precedence over Grigor Dimitrov in Sydney.
Raonic defeated Troicki for the fourth time since 2012 and never lost a round against him. He totaled 37 winners and took advantage of five break points in 12 occasions. Troicki committed 24 unforced errors while Raonic recorded 23.
Last year, as the eighth-seeded Raonic had his best result at the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals before being eliminated by eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
In addition, the 10th-seeded John Isner came to the next round by winning 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-4 to Fernando Lopez. Isner managed 44 aces.