January 14, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) became the third Canadian to advance to the second round of the Australian Open after defeating Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6(2), 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 on Tuesday on a very hot day in Melbourne.
It was Raonic’s first official match of the season. The world no. 11 lost his serve three times in the match including twice in the opening set. He regrouped nicely following a tight first set to finish the day with 21 aces and an 86 percent first serve percentage. Raonic has now reached the second round at ten consecutive Grand Slams. He will next face Romania’s Victor Hanescu. They have met twice previously with Hanescu winning their first encounter in 2010 and Raonic their second in 2012.
After winning three qualifying matches to get into the main draw, Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, ON) had his run in Melbourne ended at the hands of Frenchman Benoît Paire, seeded no. 27 in the draw, 7-6(12), 6-3, 6-4. Dancevic jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first set before his opponent mounted a comeback. Dancevic was one of the players affected by the extreme heat. He collapsed to the ground at 2-4 in the second set, but courageously finished the match after receiving medical attention.
Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC) will return to the court on Wednesday. Bouchard will take on Virginie Razzano of France and Pospisil will go up against Aussie Matthew Ebden under the lights on Rod Laver Arena during the night session.