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  • Milos Raonic squeaks out a third-set tiebreaker against France's Jérémy Chardy, advances to fourth round in Miami

    Stephanie Myles at Eh Game1 day ago

    Milos Raonic was on a roll against France's Jérémy Chardy Monday in Miami with a 6-1 first set in the bag, and an early break of serve in the second set.

    But as he served for the match at 5-4 in the second, just about an hour into his third-round match at the Miami Open, things, er, happened.

    Inexplicably, Raonic found himself in a dogfight, much of it his own doing. But in the end, he took the third-set tiebreak to prevail 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (3) to advance to a fourth-round meeting with a fellow big server, American John Isner.

    It was stressful enough that several locks of well-oiled hair flopped over Raonic's forehead as the match progressed. If the hair reflects the player, Raonic was a little disheveled on the inside as well.

    There were 18 break points in this match – unusual in many men's matches, but certainly a rarity in a Raonic match. Raonic had 10 of them, converting three times; Chardy had eight, converting twice.

    But for a good portion of the second half of the match, it was just error after error at key moments, and failure to capitalize on opportunities. 

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