Top seed Milos Raonic narrowly escapes an upset bid from Aljaz Bedene 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 to reach the quarter-final round of the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open.
Returning from a hamstring injury, top seed and world no. 6 Milos Raonic came up strong in the end to win his Istanbul opener 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 against in-form Aljaz Bedene and set the quarterfinal date with Bernard Tomic.
In his first match since Miami Masters, where he was forced to pull out before his third round encounter, Raonic lost the first set after a 7/5 tie-break. 2016 Wimbledon runner-up drew the first blood on third game of the second set as he got the first break of the match. Six games later, he broke Bedene once again to close out the set 6-3 and force the decider.
There was high-tension in the third set as both guys kept on hitting strong serves and didn’t allow each other any break chances. In the crucial tie-break, Raonic was the more solid side as he won every single point on his serve before pocketing it 7/3. Furthermore 26-year-old Canadian didn’t face any break points in the match that lasted 2 hours and 36 minutes.
Raonic, who fired 13 aces and won %84 of his first serve points, will next play 6th seed Bernard Tomic in the Istanbul Open quarter-final whom he defeated in all four previous meetings. Meanwhile this is only the third loss in the last 26 matches for Bedene, who finished runner-up last week in Budapest at the Gazprom Hungarian Open.