Dancevic loses in straight sets
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Milos Raonic of Canada returns to Jack Sock of the U.S. during their men's singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, June 26, 2014.
LONDON – Milos Raonic didn't seem that thrilled about reaching the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career.
After all, the No. 8 seed is chasing far loftier goals.
Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., defeated American Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in Wimbledon's second round on Thursday. And while this is the first time he has progressed this far at the All England Club, he wasn't about to gush over a third-round appearance.
"It might sound a little bit harsh, but (I don't have) too much feeling for it,'' he said. "I want to do much better than I have to this point and than I have done today.''
Still, Raonic never looked in trouble against Sock. He had 13 aces, 39 winners and three breaks of serve in the match.
"I found a rhythm. For me, the most important thing, especially on grass, is finding that rhythm on second serve return,'' said Raonic. "I found that quite early on, and I was able to stick through it. In both of first two sets I was able to get early breaks, which helps. I was clean off my service games.
"At all of these majors, I want to play better than I have in the past, to fight, compete and try to play better each day.''
Raonic will face Poland's Lukasz Kubot in the third round. Kubot advanced with a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over Serbia's Dusan Lajovic.
Also Thursday, Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., played through hip pain but lost 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan.
Dancevic, who got into the main draw as a lucky loser, said that a good result from a scan on his lower pelvis Wednesday gave him the confidence to take to the court Thursday.
"This is not a major issue so I decided to push through and play in some pain,'' he said. "I was struggling yesterday, it was a rough day.''
Dancevic, who was sporting a new mohawk haircut, has struggled with back issues before and didn't want to take any chances this time.
``I didn't want to risk a lot an end up being out for the summer,'' he said. ``I'm on a pretty decent streak, I feel I can have a good summer and rest of the year.''
"I would have had to serve extremely well to win this match, I was struggling on ground stroke and I didn't feel 100 per cent,'' he added. "I think the issue is treated to bending on grass, this stiffness in lower pelvic region.''
Dancevic never gained a foothold against Kukushkin, failing to convert on any of his five break points. The Canadian managed seven aces and ended with 23 winners and 27 unforced errors.
Kukushkin next faces second seed Rafael Nadal, who was a 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-4 winner over Lukas Rosol.
In the women's draw, Canadian 13th seed Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., was playing Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain.