TWOS: Raonic Readies To Meet Becker At Australian Open

(MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA) – Eighth seed Milos Raonic beat unseeded American Donald Young in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-3 at the Australian Open on Thursday. The Canadian took just an hour and 41 minutes to dispatch his American opponent.

Raonic may be known for his big serving, he hit 17 aces against Young, but he showed he can mix it up in rallies too.

Next up for Raonic is Benjamin Becker, the German came from two sets down to eliminate home favourite Lleyton Hewitt 2-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Raonic discusses his second round win over Young.

(On his second round win) “No, not what I was expecting. Sort of what I was hoping for. I served well and got better and better as the match went on. So I was happy with that. I was much more aggressive than I was in the first round. That was a step forward.”

(On his ability to regularly get through the early rounds of Slams now without too much fuss) “I think I just have a better understanding. I think a big part of that is maturity towards getting it the right type of value. Understanding that even if I don’t play well my first rounds, most important thing is getting through, giving myself that opportunity to play better after. I think also I have a much better understanding when things aren’t going the way I’d like how to sort of turn them around, what I need to focus on. A lot of those things give me, I guess, a sense of peace, even if things aren’t going as planned. I just sort of try to carry on from there.”

(On his third round opponent Benjamin Becker) “Against Becker. Played him twice. Most recently I believe was Miami of last year. He plays very compact. He likes to use pace. I got to just really focus on myself. I know the way he likes to play. He did a great job today, making a two-sets-to-Love comeback in very tough conditions. I just got to really keep everything really internal and make sure I do things right, then make the adjustments throughout the match as needed.”

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