Milos Raonic played flawless attacking tennis in defeating Andreas Seppi 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-2 on Thursday in the second round of Wimbledon. The Canadian did not drop serve and closed out the match with his 25th ace just shy of the two-hour mark.
"I was having fun. I played well, so I'm happy to be moving on," Raonic said. "I knew somewhat what to expect. I thought he played quite well. He never let me get into a rhythm, even though I was trying not to let him get into a rhythm either."
Raonic started the match with an unplayable 129mph serve and found his range on the return as the match progressed, going 3-for-4 on break points in the final two sets. He fired 41 total winners and won 19 of 26 net points (73 per cent).
The match had been slated for Wednesday but was postponed due to rainy weather. The Canadian was a semi-finalist at SW19 two years ago and is into the third round for the third consecutive year. Last year, he fell to #NextGen star Nick Kyrgios in four sets. The sixth seed improved to 2-0 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry against Seppi and will face Jack Sock in the third round.
"I have to serve well," Raonic said. "We've played a lot of times. I've been able to find the solutions most of the time. I got to take care of the serve. I need to find my way forward, find a way to be the aggressor."
Sock advanced after overcoming Robin Haase 6-1, 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4. The American saved all six break points faced and struck 53 winners in the two-hour, 16-minute encounter. The 2014 Wimbledon doubles champion (w/ Pospisil) is into the third round for the first time in the singles draw and will need to overcome a 1-7 deficit in the FedEx ATP Head2Head matchup against Raonic in his bid to reach the second week.
No. 11 seed David Goffin will take on Denis Istomin in the third round after downing Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 in 87 minutes. The Belgian reeled off nine straight games from 3-4 in the first set to take a commanding lead and won 16 of 21 points when returning Roger-Vasselin’s second serve.
Istomin defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-2 in just under two hours to reach the third round for the fourth time. He will match his best showing at Wimbledon (2012) with a win over Goffin. Istomin, No. 116 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, will meet Goffin for the first time at tour-level.