Canada’s Milos Raonic did push Roger Federer to the brink of elimination in the second round of the Madrid Open today, but ended up losing a hard fought three set match in Madrid Wednesday afternoon.
The Madrid open third-seeded Federer survived for a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) win over the Canadian.
Raonic did what he could against the Swiss star, firing 21 aces in a match that lasted just over two hours. But the hard-hitting native of Thornhill, Ont., couldn’t complete the upset.
The 21-year-old last lost to Federer at the third round at Indian Wells in March.
Federer moves on to face France’s Richard Gasquet in the third round.
Federer is 24-3 on the season, winning three tournaments this season. While Raonic has also been impressive this season with a record of 21-5, and winning two tournaments himself so far in 2012.