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Raonic tops Matosevic to reach Thailand Open quarters

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The Canadian Press
9/26/2013 9:00:40 AM
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BANGKOK, Thailand -- Milos Raonic of Canada took only one of 16 break chances and still overcame Marinko Matosevic of Australia 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 to open his account in the Thailand Open on Thursday.

After a first-round bye, Raonic had to dig deep in a 2 1/2-hour match featuring lengthy baseline rallies.

"I created my opportunities but I wasn't converting any," he said. "He was playing so well on a lot of break points and a few I didn't play well. I just kept plugging away and finally broke him (in the third set)."

Gilles Simon of France, the 2009 champion and last year's runner-up, also reached the quarterfinals when he defeated Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-4, 7-5. The win was his 300th on the ATP tour, and sixth in a row following his title run in Metz last week.

"I feel confident on court, I was playing great tennis in Metz," Simon said. "Now I'm a bit tired and I have to be careful not to get injured because I just came back from injuries."

Also, Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan ousted eighth-seeded Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 to be the last Asian in the draw, and fifth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia won through.

Milos Raonic (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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