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Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., smashes a backhand return in Tuesday's 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) win at Melbourne Park. ((Lucas Dawson/Getty Images) )

Canadian Milos Raonic fired 27 aces and twice that many winners to record the first win of his Grand Slam career.

The 20-year-old Canadian from Thornhill, Ont., defeated German Bjorn Phau 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Raonic is ranked 152nd in the world compared to No. 85 for the German.

The match lasted just over two hours.