1/21/13 5:09 PM | Ricky Dimon
Roger Federer takes care of Milos Raonic in straight sets on Monday in Melbourne. Federer is through to a quarterfinal showdown with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Roger Federer turned another stellar performance in defeating Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-2 for a place in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Monday night. Federer, who has done no wrong so far in Melbourne despite a relatively difficult first-week draw, needed only one hour and 53 minutes to end Raonic's campaign.
Raonic stayed on serve throughout most of the first set after fighting off three break points at 2-3. The underdog, however, cracked under pressure while serving to remain alive in the opener. He double-faulted at 30-30 then netted a backhand volley on Federer's first set point.
Federer surrendered a mere two service points in the opening frame of play and he allowed his opponent the same in set two. Raonic also did not face a break point in the second, but he still had to overcome both his own game and that of Federer in order to force a tiebreaker. Inevitably, the second-ranked Swiss took control with a mini-break at 3-3 and had no trouble winning it seven points to four.
From there it was all over for Raonic, who donated serve in both the first and third games of the ensuing set. Even the 13th-seeded Canadian's two service holds were deuce games. Federer, meanwhile, held the entire way and converted his second match point at 5-2, 40-15 with a perfect forehand winner.
"Tonight was a very solid night, so I'm very happy," said the four time-champion, who recorded 14 aces, one double-fault, 34 winners, and 12 unforced errors. "If I can maintain such a level of play, obviously I'm happy I give myself a chance of going deep in this tournament, which is obviously the goal."
Federer will be back in action on Wednesday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who ousted fellow Frenchman Richard Gasquet in four sets.
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