The 6-1 6-1 7-6 (7-5) victory saw 16th seed Raonic overwhelm an out-of-sorts Zverev, meaning the 21-year-old’s wait to reach even a Grand Slam semi-final goes on.
“I played incredible today, I did a lot of things extremely well – I’m really proud of that,” said Raonic. “I’m glad I could turn around that start pretty quickly.”
Zverev finally held to end Raonic’s run of eight games on the spin, but the disintegration resumed in his next service game, with the German obliterating his racquet after an eighth double fault handed his opponent a 4-1 lead.
8⃣ double faults = 😡 Alexander Zverev
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There were no break points conceded in the first nine games, but Raonic then brought up two match points on Zverev’s serve in the tenth, only to see them valiantly saved as the set rumbled on to 5-5.
A tie-break swiftly followed after two holds to love, and though momentum swung this way then that, it was Raonic who bounced back from 3-1 and 4-2 down to seal it 7-5.