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Milos Raonic rolls on to the quarter finals by serving 38 aces to defeat Stepanek.

Milos Raonic recorded his sixth straight win Thursday as he hit a staggering 38 aces to beat Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-7(10), 7-6(1) and reach the quarter-finals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. The Canadian showed his mental steel as he held strong to win in two hours and 32 minutes, having squandered four match points in the second-set tie-break. His career-high 38 aces was the most struck in Memphis and the fifth most in a three-set match, since the ATP World Tour began keeping serving statistics in 1991. It was the eighth time in his career on the ATP World Tour that he had hit 20 or more aces in a match.

The 20 year old defeated World No. 9 Fernando Verdasco twice in four days to win his first ATP World Tour title in San Jose last week and advance through the first round in Memphis on Wednesday. World No. 18 Sam Querrey won back-to-back matches for the first time since the US Open when he defeated Argentine Brian Dabul 6-3, 7-6(3) to reach the quarter-finals.

The fifth-seeded Querrey, who is the defending champion at the ATP World Tour 500 indoor tennis tournament, broke serve twice from two opportunities and won 89 per cent of points behind his first serve to wrap up victory in 80 minutes. The American ended a six-match losing streak with his opening win over Denis Istomin on Tuesday.

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