Result: Roger Federer eases past Milos Raonic

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his fourth round victory over Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 21, 2013
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Roger Federer is at his ruthless best to brush aside Milos Raonic in straight sets and book a quarter-final clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on day eight of the Australian Open.

Roger Federer marched into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open today with an impressive 6-4 7-6(4) 6-2 victory over Milos Raonic.

The big-serving Canadian proved difficult to break down in the early stages, playing deep at the baseline behind a huge forehand.

Gradually Federer made inroads and put Raonic under pressure to claim a crucial break at the end of the first set.

Raonic responded as the pair traded comfortable service games throughout the second set.

Federer threw away chances to break but recovered to claim a tense tie-break which saw his opponent buckle at the vital time.

The third seed cranked up the pressure in third set and quickly secured a double break thanks to a string of effective backhand winners across court.

Raonic tried to mount a response but it was too late to change the outcome, with Federer holding serve to complete a straight-sets win and set up a clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight.

Swiss star Roger Federer in action against Nikolay Davydenko on January 17, 2013
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060