Former world No. 3 Milos Raonic didn't hide his enormous happiness and excitement after stunning No. 6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at Melbourne Park. Raonic, now ranked at No. 35 in the world, delivered a big performance on Friday to beat the Greek 7-5 6-4 7-6 (2) and reach the round-of-16 at Melbourne Park.
The big-serving Canadian delivered a huge serving performance against Tsitsipas as he hit 19 aces, won 88 percent of his first serve points and never faced a break point. Raonic, a 2016 Australian Open semifinalist, hasn't had luck with his health in recent years.
"Today was an incredible match for me," Raonic said, per the ATP Tour. "I was very happy with how things went. I enjoy the energy of playing on this court and it's great to be healthy and playing well. I can take a lot of pleasure in this win."
Raonic faces next Marin Cilic, who finished runner-up at Melbourne Park two years ago in 2018. "I have always somehow figured out how to put it together here, especially if I have had the freedom to train well,” Raonic said.
“I think when I have had the freedom to really focus on my body, not go from tournament to tournament, focus on training and doing my things well, and allowing myself to get confidence through that work, I have always managed to put things to a pretty presentable level I can be happy with. From there on you've got to go out on court, fight, and it worked out well”.