MELBOURNE, Australia – Milos Raonic is heading into the third round of the Australian Open, keeping Canada’s hopes alive in singles at the first Grand Slam of the season.

The seed n. 32 of Thornhill, Ontario, beat Chilean Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday, taking an hour and 37 minutes to complete the match.

The 29 year old Canadian served 19 aces for his win.

Raonic will face seed no. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round. Tsitsipas passed the third round at Melbourne Park when Philipp Kohlschreiber retired from the scheduled game due to muscle tension.

Raonic was the only Canadian to survive the opening round.

No. 13 Denis Shapovalov seed from Richmond Hill, Ontario, no. 20 Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver all lost on the men’s side, while Laval qualifier Leylah Annie Fernandez of Queal dropped a women’s first-round match.

Canadian top Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ontario, did not play due to a knee injury.

Raonic passed the first round, crushing the lucky Italian loser Lorenzo Giustino in consecutive series in a game that took place over two days. The rain postponed the game on Monday with Raonic to a game since winning his first game since October.

The second round match pitted Raonic, 35th in the world, against the player directly below him on the leaderboards.

Garin, 23, has yet to make it to the third round of a Grand Slam in his career.

Raonic has been plagued with injuries in recent years, missing much of the second half of last season due to a back problem.

This Canadian Press report was first published on January 22, 2020.

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