March 24, 2014, Montreal (ISN) – Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) advanced to the fourth round of the Sony Open on Monday for the first time in his four appearances at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Key Biscayne thanks to a convincing 6-1, 6-2 over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
Raonic’s Miami run has ended in the third round each of the last two years because of injury. He was forced to withdraw before taking on Andy Murray in 2012 and Sam Querrey in 2013. This year, the 23-year-old needed just 56 minutes to beat Garcia-Lopez. In victory, Raonic hit ten aces, 28 winners, and lost only five points on serve in the match. After dropping from no. 11 to no. 12 in the rankings this week, he will gain points as a result of this win.
In the Round of 16, Raonic will face the winner of the match between lucky loser Benjamin Becker of Germany and Slovenian qualifier Ajaz Bedene, who defeated Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC) earlier in the event.