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Raonic right at home in Toronto

Milos Raonic is the last Canadian left in the Rogers Cup men's tournament.
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Milos Raonic salutes the crowd after his win against Viktor Troicki of Serbia in the second round Tuesday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Milos Raonic is the last Canadian left in the Rogers Cup men's tournament.

Raonic disposed of Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday, while fellow countrymen Frank Dancevic and Vasek Pospisil lost their matches,

Raonic said he felt no unusual pressure playing before his hometown crowd.

"Obviously it's a little bit different when you got on the court, but before the match I really didn't change anything the way I would normally," he said.

The 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., appeared completely at ease as he recorded the first Rogers Cup victory in his short, rapidly rising career.

His next opponent could be Olympic champion Andy Murray who plays in the tournament today.

"I played him earlier this year," Raonic said. "I know if I play well, I'll have my opportunities."

Earlier in the day, Juan Monaco of Argentina defeated Pospisil of Vancouver 7-5, 6-4 and Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan defeated Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., 6-3, 7-5.

"I don't think there was really too much nerves," Raonic said. "Maybe one ball, I maybe overran a little bit and rushed through that point.

"But other than that, I sort of came out and was pretty fluid and relaxed throughout the match from the beginning to the end."

Near the end, Raonic said he might have tried to force things in his return game on Troicki's serve.

"I was making some sloppy errors and giving away too many points at that point," he said.

Raonic's serve is his biggest weapon and he hammered seven aces in the match that took one hour eight minutes to play.

"No matter what, my serve is going to be my best part and probably the first thing that comes out of people's mouths when they sort of come to describe me. Maybe at one point people will get sick of talking about it and I'll be doing something else well."

Raonic gave his hometown fans lots to talk about on Tuesday. He won the first set after breaking Troicki's serve in the eighth game and then held his own serve.

The top-rated Canadian player broke service again in the third game of the second set. And then held his own serve again, finishing it off with an ace to go ahead 3-1 in the set.

Raonic overcame a couple of double faults in the sixth game of the second set to go ahead 4-2, again finishing it with an ace, his fourth of the match.

Raonic entered the tournament ranked 24th in the world and Troicki 33rd.

Raonic was at the Olympics where he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in a long, gruelling match.

"As far as the Olympics goes, it was a really good experience," he said. "The best part was being around the other athletes."

Better late than never for Wozniak

- MONTREAL - Aleksandra Wozniak is over her first hurdle at the women's Rogers Cup.

The veteran from Blainville, Que., battled to a 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in first-round play Tuesday night at the hardcourt event at Uniprix Stadium.

Wozniak, ranked 55th to Hantuchova's 35th, broke service for a 6-5 second-set lead, but let three match points slip away to take it to a tiebreaker. Then a light rain wet the court just enough to force a 55-minute delay.

They returned to mostly empty seats as most of the centre court crowd went home, but even without as much hometown support she held on to take the tiebreak.

"I tried to finish it when I had the match points, but it wasn't easy," Wozniak told the crowd in a courtside interview. "I gave everything on every point.

"It was important for me to win here."

Wozniak, who has not advanced beyond the second round in nine previous Rogers Cups, will next face former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic.