NEWS
09/02/2015 15:39 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Raonic overcomes back problems, advances to third round at US Open

NEW YORK — Canada's Milos Raonic is through to the third round of the U.S. Open after defeating Spain's Fernando Verdaso 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1).

Raonic, seeded 10th in New York, needed just 26 minutes to win the first set. But it soon became clear 24-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., who has battled injuries this season, was playing in discomfort.

He received treatment during a medical timeout in the second set and also received massages during some of the changeovers.

He was able to fight through the injuries, and, after dropping his first set of the tournament in the third, cruised to an easy win in the fourth-set tiebreak.

Raonic fired 18 aces to Verdasco's 16 and broke the Spaniard on three of seven chances while saving all four break points he faced.

Later, Canada's Eugenie Bouchard faces Slovenia's Polona Hercog.

The Canadian Press