Result: Roger Federer eases past Milos Raonic

Result: Federer eases past Raonic
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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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