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Zverev destroys racquet as he capitulates against Raonic

Zverev destroys racquet as he capitulates against Raonic

By that time it was all but over as the big-serving Canadian rolled to a 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory on Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open for the fourth time. After falling behind 4-1 in the second - losing 12 out of the previous 13 games - Zverev had just about had enough.

At the change of ends he destroyed his racket by smacking it into the court eight times, then tossing it away.

Raonic was so consistent with his serve - 15 aces, one double-fault, 16 of 19 first serves into play for the second set - and kept his unforced error count down to 24 for the match. "I was very angry, so I let my anger out", Zverev told the media in Melbourne.

Raonic could smell blood, and broke Zverev once again to take a two-set lead. "I just tried to stay composed".

"I really needed to elevate my game, she's the No. 1 player in the world and there's a reason why. I think it was pretty clear what was going on".

Zverev improved in the third, but was eventually defeated in straight sets 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 by the impressive Canadian, who adds another big scalp having beaten Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka already this tournament. "I did a lot of things extremely well", he said.

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The 21-year-old has fired back at a reporter who asked him about his furious racquet smashing during the contest.

Up next for the Canadian is either No. 11 seed Borna Coric or France's Lucas Pouille.

"I have been struggling with my second serve the whole week".

Carlos Ramos - who officiated last year's contentious women's final at the US Open between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka - had no choice but to give the 21-year-old a warning for racket abuse. The victor of the Williams-Halep contest will meet seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who beat Garbine Muguruzu 6-3, 6-1 in an hour.

The second set was a complete disaster for Zverev as he was broken in the first game and things went further downhill from there. "I heard it", said Raonic.

There, Raonic did what he had done all match - he served well, and when forced to rally, he put the ball back in play and waited for Zverev to either make a mistake or to provide an opening so he could hit an easy victor. "I only look forward".


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