LONDON - The Canadian contingent remains strong at the All-England Club as, just a day after Eugenie Bouchard advanced to the quarter-final, Milos Raonic followed suit. The win marks the first-ever trip for Raonic to the quarter-final at Wimbledon, as he defeated Japan's Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
The No. 8 had a challenging time against Nishikori at first but he rebounded, Entering Monday's match, Nishikori had never lost to a Canadian, which included two victories over Raonic. The 23-year-old from Thornhill, Ontario, wasn't having any of that on this day as he becomes just the second Canadian male to reach the Wimbledon quarters in the Open era, which dates back to 1968.
En route to the victory, Raonic laid down 34 aces against the No. 10 seed, ending with 64 winners.
"I've been serving in general well this tournament, and even throughout the clay court season," Raonic told the media following his match. "But obviously here it sort of gets exemplified a little bit more. It's a little bit more on display.
"That's helping me, taking a lot of pressure off me and putting more so on my opponents."
Up next for the Canuck is Australian wild card Nick Kyrgios who is fresh off a stunning upset of second-seeded Rafael Nadal, defeating him 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Tuesday.