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Milos Raonic gave Roger Federer all he could handle on Wednesday night at the Madrid Open. The Swiss won a hard fought three-set victory over the Canadian 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4). This was Federer’s first match since March in Miami when he lost to Andy Roddick in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open.
The difference in the first set and throughout most of the match was that Raonic was dictating with his serve, knocking 21 aces past his opponent during the match. In the ninth game of the first set, Federer was broken at love and Raonic served it out.
Federer went from playing serve and volley to defending and blocking back Raonic’s powerful serves. “I thought I could take it to him by serving and volleying and it worked a bit,” Federer said. Raonic had a chance to break Federer at 5-5 in the second set but could not convert. Federer held serve and broke Raonic to take the set.
The third set which saw Federer escape a few service game scares went to a tiebreak. Federer was able ...
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