A shaky start for Milos Raonic at Indian Wells.

Rising Canadian star Milos Raonic won the first Masters 1000 match of his career Friday, advancing to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) win over Marsel Ilhan of Turkey. The 20-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., had some troubles in closing out the victory after letting an early break in the second set get away. The hard-serving Raonic eventually closed it out in a tiebreaker. Raonic is competing in his first Masters event outside of Canada, where he lost at the Rogers Cup in 2009 and 2010.

He faces a second-round test against American Mardy Fish, the 13th seed who lost the 2008 final to Novak Djokovic. A win over Fish could set up a 3rd round match against Roger Federer.

Indian Wells is the first of nine Masters 1000 tournaments, the ATP’s second level of top-tier events after the Grand Slam tournaments and World Tour finals. Raonic, ranked 37th in the world, managed a modest 10 aces against Ilhan. Ranked No. 120, the Turk dropped to 0-9 this year between ATP and Challengers levels. Raonic saved two of the three break points he faced while breaking three times in a contest lasting just under 90 minutes in blazing sunny conditions. Raonic needed just half an hour to comfortably collect the opening set. But after securing a break in the third game, he lost serve in the 10th game for 5-5. Raonic led the tiebreaker 5-1, but Ilhan fought back before falling to an ace out wide.


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