AUSTRALIAN OPEN: I Was Very Fortunate To Get Through – Raonic
World number three Milos Raonic reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with victory over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.
Playing with a high fever, he rallied from 5-1 down in the first-set tie-breaker to win the opening set, but was then broken twice in the second.
The 13th seed Bautista Agut. then began to falter in the third set, when the roof at Hisense Arena was closed because of rain, and he later had to call for a trainer for a leg problem.
Raonic took the third and needed only 26 minutes to see out fourth set to win the match.
“I was very fortunate to get through,” said Raonic, who hit 75 winners but also 55 unforced errors, including nine double faults.
“There were moments where it wasn’t looking so good.”
He will play either Gael Monfils or Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.