Milos Raonic pushed Roger Federer to the brink of elimination in the second round of the Madrid Open. But the hard-hitting native of Thornhill, Ont., couldn’t complete the upset as the third-seeded Federer survived two tiebreakers en route to a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) win Wednesday. Raonic did what he could against the Swiss star, firing 21 aces in a match that lasted two hours 13 minutes. But he also missed plenty of opportunities by converting just one of eight break point chances. The 21-year-old last lost to Federer in three sets at the third round at Indian Wells in March, but had hoped to build on his win over No. 4 Andy Murray two weeks ago in Barcelona. “I felt I played really well the whole time doing what I wanted to do,” said Raonic. “I was dictating on my serve. I had a lot of looks on his serve, I came up a bit short today though. “I was there the whole match and doing the right things. It was good, and I’ll probably be more happy in a few days about the outcome.”
Federer, who hasn’t been eliminated from a tournament in the second round since the 2010 Rome Masters, will face France’s Richard Gasquet in the third round. Rafael Nadal had an easier time in his first match on the blue clay as he beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 6-2.