Aussie Open: Milos Raonic loses in 3rd round; Vernon's Pospisil withdraws with injury

Canadian Milos Raonic at last year
Canadian Milos Raonic at last year's Wimbledon.
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Canadian Milos Raonic was knocked out of the Australian Open in the tournament's third round on Friday, losing in four sets to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Entering the match, Raonic – from Thornhill, Ontario – was ranked 11th in the world, and Dimitrov 22nd.

Dimitrov pulled out the win with a final set tiebreak, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10).

Raonic has never made it past the fourth round in a major in his tennis career.

A day earlier, Vernon's Vasek Pospisil was forced to withdraw from the Aussie Open before his third round match against Stanislas Wawrinka. Pospisil pulled out of the tournament with a nagging back injury.

"I had some MRI results and it wasn't recommended that I step on the court," Pospisil said (Toronto Sun). "There was some risk involved with a disc. I want to be sure that I make a smart decision and not jeopardize the rest of my season."

The lone Canadian left standing in Melbourne is female star Eugenie Bouchard, from Blaineville, Quebec.

Bouchard reached the fourth round on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over American Lauren Davis.

"I thought I played well, tried to be aggressive, really tried to control the point," Bouchard said after her win (CBC).

"It was definitely hot today, the hottest I felt in any of my matches so far... I was happy to win in straight sets."

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