Milos Raonic powered into his first career Australian Open quarterfinal today outlasting Feliciano Lopez in five sets. The reward? A Tuesday night date with 4-time champion Novak Djokovic who has beaten the World No. 8 in all four meetings and who also hasn’t dropped a set after a late night win over Gilles Muller, another big server.
Djokovic beat Raonic three times last year including the Paris Indoors final, the French Open and in Rome. He also won in 2013 in Davis.
In those four matches, Raonic has won just one of the 11 sets they have played.
“I think I’m doing things differently,” Raonic said referring to their past meetings. “I’m moving better. I feel like I have it within myself. I just got to bring it out. I’m going to, like always, focus on myself first, make sure that I get my things in order, get my things organized, play my game, then throughout the match make the adjustments I have to.
“I play for the opportunity to have a shot against the big guys at the big slams. So the first week’s about getting through and giving yourself that opportunity. I think that has a significant enough meaning on its own.”
Raonic is not the only Canadian in the quarterfinals. The 24-year-old in joined by countrywoman Genie Bouchard who plays Tuesday.
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