Australian Open: Raonic beat former champion Wawrinka

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – Canadian Milos Raonic reached round three of the Australian Open on Thursday with his victory against former champion Stan Wawrinka.

The 16th-seeded Raonic beat 2014 champion Wawrinka 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (11), 7-6 (5) in the Australian Open’s second round in four sets after a four-hour battle of tiebreaks.

The 11th-seeded Croatian Borna Coric, 12th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini and 23rd-seeded Spanish Pablo Carreno Busta also reached the third round.

The 4th-seeded Japanese Naomi Osaka defeated Slovenian Tamara Zidansek to reach the third round, while 6th-seeded Ukranian Elina Svitolina beat Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova and 7th-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova defeated the U.S.'s Madison Brengle in round two.