Milos Raonic Through To Australian Open Third Round

Milos Raonic moved quickly on Thursday to progress to the Australian Open third round in Melbourne.  Raonic romped to a 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 victory in just 102 minutes against American Donald Young.  Raonic bombed down 17 aces compared to just five by Young and more than doubled the Americans winners (44-20) on his way to the swift win.

David Ferrer required fours sets to book his Australian Open third round spot.  The Spaniard saw off Sergiy Stakhovsky 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in 135 minutes on Show Court 2.  Earlier, world number one Novak Djokovic wasted little time in seeing off Andrey Kuznetsov in the second round.  Djokovic helped himself to a comfortable 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 victory in just 84 minutes at the Rod Laver Arena.

The four-time champion hit 28 winners to 10, while committing only 19 unforced errors to the 34 of the Russian.  Meanwhile, Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka was made to work hard for his 7-6, 7-6, 6-3 second round win over Romania’s Marius Copil.  Wawrinka spent two hours and 16 minutes on court in this straight sets triumph.

Copil hit 17 aces, whereas the Swiss served just 2.  Wawrinka hit 36 winners to the 31 of his opponent, who also hit fewer unforced errors (34-39), nevertheless the 2014 champion won the day.  Elsewhere, Kei Nishikori needed four sets to book his third round place against Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

The Japanese triumphed 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 7-6.