Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) scored the most impressive win of his young career on Wednesday at the Australian Open in Melbourne, defeating world no. 24 Michael Llodra of France 7-6(3), 6-3 7-6(4) to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.
The 20-year-old is also the first Canadian man to reach the round of 32 at a Major since Daniel Nestor accomplished the feat in 2001 at the Australian Open.
Raonic was dominant throughout the match, especially on serve. In addition to his 21 aces, Raonic won 88% of his first serve points and was broken only once. He was in control of the match from the opening point and was able to get the better of a frustrated Llodra in straight sets.
In the third round on Friday, Raonic will take on the winner of the second round encounter between tenth seeded Russian Mkihail Youzhny and Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia.