11th-seeded Milos Raonic was hoping to advance to the fourth-round of the Australian Open but it just wasn't to be as the Canadian fell to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10). With that, the Canadian contingent on the men's side is now gone in Melbourne.
This was the third match between the Canadian and the Bulgarian. After winning in Stockholm three years ago, Raonic fell to Dimitrov in Brisbane last January.
With the loss, Raonic was prevented from reached the fourth-round at the Aussie Open for the fourth-straight year.
Despite the loss, the Thornhill, Ontario, native did not go down without a valliant effort. Raonic saved four match points in a dramatic fourth-set tiebreaker which included 21 aces.
After starting strong in the opening set, Raonic fell behind as the 22nd-ranked Dimitrov roared back to win the first. Raonic, however, persevered winning the second set and after falling in the third, the stage was set for an exciting fourth set.
Overall, a tough pill to swallow for Raonic who was hoping to go further this time around in Melbourne. Grigor Dimitrov, however, had other plans as he advances to round number four instead.
With the loss, Eugenie Bouchard is now the only remaining Canadian in the singles bracket at the Aussie Open. She will play her fourth-round match on Sunday against a hometown girl, Australia's Casey Dellacqua.