Ruthless Milos Raonic sends Alexander Zverev tumbling out of Australian Open


Raonic will play the victor of the later match between fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev and Alex Bolt.

Canadian 16th seed Milos Raonic has beaten fourth seed Alexander Zverev in straight sets to progress to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

After breaking serve in the opening game of the match, Zverev incredibly lost 12 of the next 13 games and showed his frustration by destroying his racket after going 4-1 down in the second set, smashing it on the court nine times.

He was warned for racket abuse after the display, which came with the German trailing 6-1, 4-1 against Milos Raonic.

He found himself on the wrong side of the toss as Raonic benefitted from a number of net cords early.

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Zverev's anger culminated in a game where he had an astonishing three double faults, taking his total for the match to eight.

"I played incredible today".

"I just tried to stay composed", said Raonic.

Raonic, who lost to Andy Murray in the last four in Melbourne in 2016, moves on to face Borna Coric or Lucas Pouille in the quarter-finals.

Zverev held strong in the third set, even saving two match points on his serve, but his steadying effort was all to no avail after Raonic prevailed in a tiebreak. "I'm glad I could turn around that start pretty quickly".