FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ Fifteenth seed Milos Raonic of Canada blasted 29 aces past American James Blake for a 6-3, 6-0, 7-6(3) win to advance to the fourth round to meet Andy Murray.
The win makes Raonic the first Canadian since Martin Laurendeau back in 1988 to reach the fourth round at the US Open.
On top of serving well Raonic broke Blakeâ€™s serve five times and hit 54 winners.
“It was a good day on serve for me,” said the Canadian. “But I can get better.
“I served well but I got a bit tight in the third set. I was able to clear that up in the tiebreaker though.”
Raonic does not think that Murrayâ€™s long match will make any difference when they play.”Two days is a long time, we will have to wait and see,” he said. “I only have to worry about taking care of myself and my game. I do what I need to do to get ready. I need to go out there and take the match from him.
“You give the top four guys a lot of respect, but I think my win over him was good experience. It humanizes the guy. I need to do the right things in our next match.
“The opportunities will be there, I just need to take them.”
“In the end of it, my job is to go out there and make my opponents adjust to me. I feel like I have the ability to be more dangerous than most players when I have the ball on my racquet, especially out of my hand on a serve. That just puts a lot of pressure on my opponents if I’m serving well. So it’s one thing I try to take advantage of as much as I can, is that a lot of matches can depend on me. I’m the one to blame. I just try to make the most of those moments. And when I don’t make the most of the moments I missed a few against Roger earlier this year try to learn as much as I can from them and try to avoid making the same mistakes.”