Federer continues run with Raonic win

York Press: Roger Federer's remarkable run at the grand slams continues (AP) Roger Federer's remarkable run at the grand slams continues (AP)

Second seed Roger Federer reached his 35th consecutive grand slam quarter-final on Monday with a straight-sets victory over Canada's Milos Raonic.

Federer, seeking a fifth Australian Open title and 18th grand slam of his career, took a while to get to grips with his big-serving opponent before running out a convincing 6-4 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 winner in one hour and 54 minutes.

The Swiss star, who has yet to drop a set in Melbourne, will now face seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight after the Frenchman beat compatriot Richard Gasquet in four sets in their fourth-round clash.

Tsonga famously beat Federer in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2011, the first time Federer had ever lost a grand slam match from two sets up.

"He is a good guy with a great game, he is a great shot-maker and a great character for the game," Federer said of Tsonga. "We didn't play each other last year I don't think and the year before we played three times in 10 days.

"We just came from a trip in South America, played a couple of exhibition matches against each other which was a lot of fun and now we're going to try to bring it here to centre court and I am really looking forward to that. It should be exciting."

The first nine games of Monday's match went with serve, but 13th seed Raonic was the first to blink and a double fault gifted Federer a set point which he gratefully accepted as Raonic netted a backhand volley.

Just nine points were lost on serve in the second set - Federer dropping only two - and a tie-break was required to decide the outcome.

Raonic produced aces with his first three serves, but Federer was simply waiting patiently for his opportunity and seized it with a backhand winner down the line as Raonic came into the net. An ace of his own gave Federer three set points and he took the second with a forehand winner.

That seemed to break Raonic's spirit and Federer broke serve twice early in the third set on his way to a convincing victory.

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