Milos Raonic of Canada makes a backhand return to Benjamin Becker of Germany during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Vincent Thian
January 23, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Eighth-seeded Milos Raonic reached the fourth round at a fourth consecutive Grand Slam tournament when he beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 at the Australian Open on Saturday.

The 24-year-old Raonic fired 22 aces to advance to a match Monday against either Feliciano Lopez or Jerzy Janowicz, who were playing later Saturday.

Raonic became the first Canadian player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon last year after making it to the quarterfinals at the French Open. He also advanced to the fourth round at the U.S. Open.

He warmed up for this year's Australian Open by making it to the Brisbane International final, losing to Roger Federer.

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