Canada’s Raonic downs Stebe to advance to quarters at Delray Beach

Canada's Milos Raonic returns to Netherland's Robin Haase in a Men's singles match during day three of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday, July 3, 2019. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Canada’s Milos Raonic downed Germany’s Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach Open.

Raonic, ranked No. 37 and seeded second at the tournament, fired 11 aces to Stebe’s five and won 78 per cent of his first-serve points.

The Thornhill, Ont., product saved all three break points he faced and converted on 2 of 4 to beat his 147th-ranked opponent.

The match took one hour 37 minutes.

Raonic will face Steve Johnson in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 tournament Friday. Johnson beat wild card Jack Sock 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 earlier in the day.

Also Thursday, Frances Tiafoe advanced to his first ATP Tour quarterfinal this year by beating fellow American Tommy Paul 7-5, 7-6 (4).

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