Result: Milos Raonic sees off Tomas Berdych in Cincinnati

Result: Raonic sees off Berdych in Cincinnati
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Milos Raonic battles to a hard-fought victory over Tomas Berdych in the third round of the Cincinnati Open.

Milos Raonic has battled to a hard-fought victory over Tomas Berdych in the third round of the Cincinnati Open.

It was an evenly-matched affair with both players struggling through shaky spells, but the Canadian edged it 6-4 2-6 6-2.

There was little to separate the pair in the first set until Berdych struck the net to hand his opponent a break for 5-4, allowing him go on and clinch it.

The Czech raised his game in the second, and looked the stronger of the two. Raonic double-faulted while 5-2 down to make it one set apiece.

It was Raonic who turned up the heat in the decider. He broke early to go 2-1 up and again to make it 5-2 before holding his nerve and seizing victory with a powerful serve.

Raonic will take on Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-final of the competition.

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