Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) finds himself in familiar territory this week as he returns to the site of his first ATP World Tour title at the SAP Open in San Jose, California, an ATP 250 event.
Seeded third in the tournament, Raonic benefited from an opening round bye and played his second match on Wednesday night against Germany’s Tobias Kamke, who defeated Izak Van Der Merwe of South Africa in his first match. The two players know eachother well as they have played twice before, in 2010 in the final of the Granby National Bank Challenger which Kamke won, and in 2011 Raonic got his revenge at the ATP event in Halle. Their third meeting once again went in Raonic’s favour as he earned a 6-2, 7-6(7) win in 85 minutes. He hit 18 aces en route to victory, his eighth of the season compared to just one loss.
In Friday’s quarter-finals, Raonic will face the winner of the second round match between sixth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson and Matthew Ebden of Australia.