Raonic ousted, Haas thru’ in Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AFP) – Milos Raonic, who won Sunday’s ATP Tour event in San Jose, crashed out in the first round of the US Indoor Championships on Wednesday losing in three sets to wild card Jack Sock.
The 22-year-old Canadian and tournament second seed lost 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in two hours and 10 minutes to the world number 168 Sock.
Sock advances to the second round where he will face fellow American James Blake.
Sock won the battle of the hard-hitting servers despite having 11 aces to 12 for Raonic. Sock won 83 percent of his first-serve points and saved eight of nine break points.
Raonic dominated Germany’s Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3 in Sunday’s final, becoming the first player in more than half a century to win the event three consecutive times.
Former three time Memphis champ Haas defeated Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 on Wednesday.
The sixth seeded Haas had six aces and three double faults but won 87 percent of his first-serve points in his first career meeting with Donskoy.
Haas advances to the second round where he will face Feliciano Lopez of Spain.
Former World No 1 Lleyton Hewitt, a two-time Grand Slam champion, saved two match points on his serve in the 12th game of the second set before defeating Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in a first-round match.