Raonic moves past Bedene to reach Antwerp European Open next round

Milos Raonic kicked off Wednesday's tennis schedule in Belgium today with a match against Aljaz Bedene and he defeated him in straight sets to move on.


The Antwerp European Open continued today with a strong first match between Aljaz Bedene and Milos Raonic. The Canadian player defeated the Slovenian player in just under an hour and a half 6-3 7-6(4.) It was a good start for Raonic who was one of the best performers last week in St. Petersburg. Right from the start, Milos made his intentions known as breaking Bedene early to take a 3-0 lead. From there it was rather easy for him to end the set by serving very well. It's a trend that started last week in Russian and it was evident today as well.

He lost only two points on his 1st serve all set long and he never faced a break point. The 2nd set was mostly dominated by very convincing tennis from both players when they serve. Neither allowed the other player much. Raonic did have a break point midway through the set but he failed to use it. Games quickly piled up and the player's found themselves in a tiebreak. Bedene had two consecutive break points at 6-5 which were set points but Milos save them.

In the tiebreak it was Milos who played better. Ultimately it proved enough for Bedene who lost the tiebreak 7-4 and the match as well. A good start for Milos who will look to improve on his semifinal result last week. Today was a good start.

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