Raonic inches past Wawrinka to win 4-hour Australian Open battle

Raonic inches past Wawrinka to win 4-hour Australian Open battle

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MELBOURNE, Jan. 17, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland reacts during the men
MELBOURNE, Jan. 17, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Milos Raonic of Canada competes during the men
MELBOURNE, Jan. 17, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Milos Raonic of Canada competes during the men
MELBOURNE, Jan. 17, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Milos Raonic of Canada competes during the men
MELBOURNE, Jan. 17, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Milos Raonic of Canada competes during the men
Melbourne, Jan 17 (IANS) Canadas Milos Raonic ousted Switzerlands Stan Wawrinka in an epic four-hour clash at the Australian Open on Thursday to advance to the third round.
The 16th-seeded Raonic beat 2014 Australian Open winner Wawrinka 6-7(4), 7-6(6), 7-6(11), 7-6(5) at the Rod Laver Arena during a match that was moved indoors in the third set due to rain, reports Efe news.
The Canadian hit 84 winners to Wawrinka's 66 in what was possibly the tightest game of the tournament so far, with the indoor court suiting Raonic who in the end pushed ahead for the win.
"It feels like four hours passed in 15 minutes. The heat of the battle, the adrenaline takes over," Raonic said after the match.
"Four tiebreaks - it could have gone either way. I'm happy I could play well and enjoy this atmosphere as well. I'm thankful it was indoors, so thank you for raining," he added.
The Canadian will play Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Saturday in the round of 32 after the world No. 55 ousted South Korea's Chung Hyeon.
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