Raonic crashes out at New York Open, Kecmanovic keeps rolling
Canada's Milos Raonic was unable to take advantage of some spectacular serving on Wednesday in New York, falling to unseeded South Korean Soonwoo Kwon in three tight sets.
The second seed hit an astounding 33 aces to Kwon's 5. Furthermore, he won 89% of points on his first serve while committing only four double faults. However, he was unable to capitalize on any of the seven break points created, failing to hold serve once himself.
With Kwon playing some inspired tennis, the South Korean was able to weather the storm and win the match 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 6-4 in two hours and 24 minutes. The World No.84 has now reached his second consecutive ATP -tour level quarterfinal, after achieving the feat last week at the Tata Open.
Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic defeated veteran Paolo Lorenzi 6-3 6-3 in an hour and 14 minutes. The sixth seed broke the Italian qualifier on four occasions, as the outcome was never really in any doubt.
Kecmanovic next faces fourth seed Ugo Humbert, as the Frenchman breezed past American Marcos Giron 6-1 6-0 in 50 minutes. Humbert never faced a break point and won 90% of points on his opponent's second serve. Kecmanovic holds a 2-0 lead in career meetings against Humbert, with their last encounter occurring at the 2019 BB&T Open in Atlanta.
Italian Andreas Seppi defeated American Steve Johnson 7-6(4) 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. In a match that saw multiple breaks of serve, Seppi proved to be the more consistent of the two men. The 35-year old faces either top seed John Isner or Australian Jordan Thompson for a spot in the semifinals.