Melbourne – Roger Federer thwarted a powerful serving performance from Milos Raonic to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on Monday.
Raonic was serving in excess of 230 kilometres per hour but Federer made enough inroads to post a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 win in 1hr 53min and reach his 35th consecutive appearance in the last eight of a major.
Federer, 30, the holder of 17 major championships, moved into a showdown against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated countryman Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier on Monday.
Federer broke Raonic's serve in the 10th game to sneak through a tight opening set in 33 minutes.
Raonic's serve held firm in the second set, as did Federer's, as they moved into a tiebreaker.