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Raonic rolls on in San Jose

15 February 2013 06:55

Top seed Milos Raonic cruised into the SAP Open quarter-finals on Thursday, while Sam Querrey battled through.

Canadian Raonic, the two-time defending champion, served 13 aces on his way to a 6-2 7-5 win over American Michael Russell in the second round.

The 22-year-old secured his maiden ATP World Tour title in San Jose in 2011 and is yet to drop a set in nine matches, including a walkover in the semi-finals two years ago, at the ATP 250 tournament.

Awaiting Raonic in the last eight is Uzbek Denis Istomin after the sixth seed fought his way past German Benjamin Becker with a 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 win.

The meeting between Raonic and Istomin is a repeat of last year's final, which the big-serving Canadian won in straight sets on the indoor hard courts.

Querrey also advanced to the quarter-finals, but the American needed two hours and 15 minutes to edge Australian Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 7-6 (7-4).

The third seed sent down 20 aces but it was two double faults from Hewitt which helped him clinch the third-set tie-breaker.

On a bad day for the Australians, seventh seed Marinko Matosevic and Matthew Ebden were also eliminated.

Matosevic was downed by Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-4 6-4, while Ebden was sent packing after a 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-1) loss to Belgian Xavier Malisse.

American wildcard Steve Johnson reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final with a 6-3 6-3 victory over compatriot Tim Smyczek.

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