Tiebreak King Raonic blasts by Estrella Burgos

Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:56pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fifth seed Milos Raonic claimed the throne as King of the Tiebreaks, blasting his way into the fourth round of the U.S. Open with a 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3) win over Victor Estrella Burgos on Saturday.

The big-hitting Canadian has used his booming serve to great effect at Flushing Meadows, particularly in the tiebreaks, winning all six he has faced in three matches including three against Estrella Burgos.

"Just an understanding that it is a coin toss in a lot of ways," explained Raonic about his success in the pressure packed set clinchers. "It can go both ways but with my serve and ability to finish points quickly and the kind of pressure that puts on my opponents, I can maybe shift odds in my favor.

"When things aren't necessarily going well throughout the set, I feel like, okay, focus on making sure this goes all the way through.

"Take care of your serve and give yourself a shot in the breaker."

In terms of tiebreaks nobody does it better than the big Canadian, whose .719 win percentage is the best among ATP Tour players who have played 30 or more breakers.

While the 23-year-old Raonic has worked hard to develop an all round game, he continues to lean heavily on one of the Tour's hardest serves to get him out of tough jams.

That happened on Saturday against the 34-year-old Dominican, who became the oldest man to win his U.S. Open debut with a first round win over Dutchman Igor Sijsling.   Continued...

Milos Raonic of Canada reacts after defeating Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, August 30, 2014.   REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz