Milos Raonic popped 17 serves on his way to a 6-3, 7-6(4) defeat of Aljaz Bedene for a second-round spot at the European Open in Antwerp on Wednesday.

The Canadian winner was dominant on first serve, winning 40 of 44 and notched a fourth consecutive defeat of his Slovene opponent

The 86-minute victory came in the face of 11 aces from Bedene, who salvaged a pair of match points before folding in 86 minutes after his opponent recovered from 1-3 down in the tiebreaker..

Raonic will next face Brit Cameron Norrie in the pair’s second meeting.

The Canadian who turned 30 in December, improved to 18-8 this truncated season after reaching last week’s semis in St Petersburg.

Cameron Norrie will face Milos Raonic in 2nd round of European Open

Spanish second seed Pablo Carreno Busta was knocked out by Frenchman 

Ugo Humbert, who saved 10 of 12 break points before posting a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win into the quarter-finals after more than two and a half hours.

The 38th-ranked Humbert advanced to next play Taylor Fritz after the American beat compatriot Reilly Opelka 7-6(5), 6-1 with the towering loser pounding 19 aces in defeat.

Humbert is fresh from last month’s Hamburg upset of Daniil Medvedev.

Dan Evans reached the last eight, beating Frances Tiafoe 7-6(3), 6-2.


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