Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic was happy that he managed to survive an early scare in his Delray Beach opener and that his level improved as the match progressed. Raonic, seeded at No. 2, cruised past lucky loser Denis Istomin 6-2 6-2 in just over an hour of play to set up a round-of-16 meeting against Cedric-Marcel Stebe.
Two-time ATP champion Istomin had his chances early on but didn't convert as Raonic saved two break points in the fourth game of the first set. Istomin's game fell apart after failing to break Raonic in the fourth game as the Canadian claimed three consecutive breaks to win seven games in a row and take a 6-2 2-0 lead.
Istomin served out the third game of the second set to stop Raonic's run but it changed nothing as the Canadian earned one break to comfortably close out the match. "I had a little bit of a scare early and got out of trouble, but I played solid the rest of the way through and there are a lot of positives to take,” Raonic said, per the ATP Tour.
“People here are very excited about tennis and there’s a lot of Canadians, so that makes it more fun."