McEnroe missing but Raonic rockets past Seppi

Thu Jun 30, 2016 1:17pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Milos Raonic had to make do without his grasscourt guru John McEnroe but managed just fine as he overpowered Italy's Andreas Seppi 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2 to reach the Wimbledon third round on Thursday.

The Canadian sixth seed equaled the fastest serve seen at Wimbledon this year, firing down one 142mph rocket to match the delivery served by Australian Sam Groth in round one.

The fastest serve ever recorded at the All England Club was hit at 148mph by American Taylor Dent six years ago.

His second serve was not much slower either as the former semi-finalist produced an impressive show of force.

Three-times Wimbledon champion McEnroe, hired by Raonic to fine-tune his grasscourt game, was not there to witness it, however, as he had TV commentating commitments.

Raonic denied rumors that his partnership with the American had broken down, although he did confirm that he had originally approached Dutch former champion Richard Krajieck.

"I was just told about it. It's inaccurate. He was there with me this morning," Raonic told reporters of McEnroe.

"Obviously he's trying to be there as much as he can. It depends what kind of commentating schedule he gets that day," he added.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 30/6/16 Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates winning his match against Italy's Andreas Seppi REUTERS/Paul Childs