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08/06/2014 10:56 EDT | Updated 10/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Milos Raonic: Canada’s only hope

It happened to Genie. It almost happened to Milos.

One day after Eugenie Bouchard was shocked by American qualifier Shelby Rogers — the 113th-ranked player in the world — the same fate nearly fell on fellow Canadian Milos Raonic.

But after a nervous first set, Raonic responded by beating American Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) Wednesday night at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Tournament organizers can exhale — at least for another day.

Still, this hasn’t been a sparking event for Canadians at this tournament, which saw Wimbledon finalist Bouchard and Wimbledon doubles Vasek Pospisil – with Sock, coincidentally enough — headline a list of Canucks ousted from their national event.

All that’s left now is Raonic.

How do you spell relief?

The task won’t be easy. With No. 1 Novak Djokovic and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer in the tournament, Raonic will have his hands full.

The Thornhill, Ont., star survived Sock, but can he keep it going?