Raonic near perfect in opening match in Vancouver


By Sandra Harwitt

Raonic served up six aces in the opening set Derek Cain Photography www.derekcainphotography.com

(ISN) – VANCOUVER, CANADA: Milos Raonic was as confident as could be as the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round tie between Canada and Japan continued on at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver, BC on Friday.

In the end, the No. 6 ranked Raonic gave Canada a 1-0 lead in this weekend’s first round tie with a confident 62 61 62 win over No. 85 ranked Tatsuma Ito of Japan.


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The Vancouver crowd were a vocal audience as they banged drums, chanted various encouragement to Raonic and showed their Canadian colors by waving flags and donning the traditional red and white. When Raonic won the first match the crowd broke out into an impromptu rendition of “Oh Canada.”
Raonic took advantage of six of seven break point offerings — breaking serve twice in each set — that Ito presented in the one hour, 27 minute match. And


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Raonic dominated on his own serve, never offering Ito an opportunity to break his serve.
Raonic served up six aces in the opening set, made 18 winners and never faced a break point on serve. He took advantage of both break points Ito offered – in the sixth and eighth games – to put Canada ahead by one set.


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In the second set, Raonic posted eight aces, 15 winners and again took advantage of both break point offerings — in the fourth and sixth game.
The third set went in Raonic’s favor by the third game when Ito hit a forehand long at 30-40 to surrender his serve. Another service break in the seventh game and Raonic was serving out the match.
Raonic now has a 16-5 overall winning record in Davis Cup play, while Ito stands at 8-12.