World No. 3 Milos Raonic entered the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International with 6-3, 6-2 opening-round win over Argentine Diego Schwartzman on Thursday.
The defending champion Raonic, who had a first-round bye, fired 12 aces in the 70-minute, second-round game. Further, he had four service breaks, counting three in the second set. However, he dropped his serve during an exchange of breaks at the start of the second set.
Raonic will next clash on with either Rafael Nadal or Mischa Zverev, who were into a night match.
A week earlier, Rafael Nadal beat Raonic in Mubadala world tennis championship in Abu Dhabi. Moreover, Nadal has a 6-1 advantage in career head-to-head encounters. But the Canadian is still looking forward to facing the Spaniard.
Raonic said that “It’s a great task. I feel like I’m doing a lot of things well and, hopefully, I can match up and play some good tennis”.
Recently, Raonic was named in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” Sports list for 2017. The tennis star entered list for “breaking records and earning big money on and off the clay”. The 26-year-old stands No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He achieved many career-best wins last season, including a semi-final showdown at the ATP Finals in London. The Raonic’s sponsorship deals include big names like New Balance and Rolex.
Raonic was chosen for the list by judges James Harden of the Houston Rockets (NBA), Phil Knight -Chairman Emeritus of Nike, and Casey Wasserman- Chairman & CEO of Wasserman Media Group.
Dominic Thiem will go against Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals after both advanced in straight sets.
Thiem saved all four break points against Aussie wildcard Sam Groth to zoom into the last eight 7-6(5), 6-3. The fourth-seeded player of the tournament won only one point against the big-serving Groth’s first serve. However, Thiem converted the Aussie’s second offering, winning 61 percent (14/23) of those points.
Dimitrov, the seventh seed, turned all three break points against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut to win 6-2, 6-4. Previously, Thiem beat Dimitrov in the FedEx ATP match-up last year in Acapulco.