21st June 07:37 AM
Raonic edges Wawrinka in 4 tiebreakers at Australian Open
By Lena Reece
Friday 18/01/2019
Milos Raonic outlasts Stan Wawrinka at Melbourne Park [Photo: The Age]

Canadian Milos Raonic has held his nerve to win three successive tiebreaks and send former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka packing in the second round at Melbourne Park.

Switzerland's Wawrinka, who won the Open title back in 2014, was up a break late in the fourth set but it was the big‑serving Raonic who finished the stronger.

Raonic's third‑round opponent will be Frenchman Pierre‑Hugues Herbert, who equalled his best grand slam result by upsetting last year's surprise semi‑ finalist Hyeon Chung.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal has seen off his second Australian in as many matches, cruising past Matt Ebden and into the third round of the Australian Open.

The world No.2 now takes a third local, facing Australia's best hope in teenager Alex de Minaur tonight.

[Source: TVNZ]

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