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Milos Raonic Ties Canadian Record: Thornhill, Ont. Native Beats James Blake, Advances To U.S. Open 4th Round

09/01/2012 08:04 EDT | Updated 11/01/2012 05:12 EDT
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Milos Raonic of Canada, celebrates after beating James Blake in the third round of play at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Milos Raonic advanced to the U.S. Open fourth round in dominating fashion Saturday, blasting past American James Blake 6-3, 6-0, 7-6 (3).

The hard-hitting 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., is the first Canadian male to get this far at Flushing Meadows since 1988, when Montreal's Martin Laurendeau did it.

With the win, the 15th-seeded Raonic lined up a meeting with third seed and Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray, who struggled to get past Spain's Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) after nearly four hours of play.

Raonic moved quickly on Saturday, crushing the 32-year-old Blake with 28 aces in under two hours.

Raonic also broke Blake five times and fired 54 winners to ensure that he'll be playing in the deciding week of a major for the first time since the 2011 Australian Open.

Raonic swept the first two sets before Blake made a minor stand in the third. But the Canadian took command when the set went into a tiebreaker, serving out the win on his third of five match points.

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