Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Milos Raonic Makes Quick Work of Guillaume Rufin in 6-2, 6-4 Win at Sony Open

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Milos Raonic Makes Quick Work of Guillaume Rufin in 6-2, 6-4 Win at Sony Open

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Raonic makes quick work of Rufin at Sony Open

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MIAMI - Canadian Milos Raonic duplicated his best career showing at the Sony Open on Saturday as he crushed Frenchman Guillaume Rufin 6-2, 6-4 to reach the third round.

It was at this point a year ago at the 22-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., was unable to play against Andy Murray due to an ankle injury.

Raonic, seeded 14th at Crandon Park, jumped all over the 92nd-ranked Rufin, playing in only the fourth Masters 1000-level match of his career.

"It was pretty quick, short points, and pretty straightforward," said Raonic. "I don't think he really stretched me in too many situations. I just have to clean up a little bit and get healthy for the next round.

"I don't think he was able to get too many serves back."

The powerful Canadian began with a break of the French player and raced away to a 5-1 lead in the opening set before his opponent had a chance to react, winning 10 of the first dozen points of the match.

Raonic finished off the set with his fifth ace and a service winner to take the lead after 25 minutes. …

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