Milos Raonic struggling heading into Australian Open
Big-serving Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., lost 6-4, 6-4 to Fabio Fognini of Italy at the Kooyong Classic on Friday, an exhibition tournament ahead of the Australian Open.
The loss drops Raonic's mark so far in 2013 to 1-3 heading into the first major on Monday.
Raonic found out his Aussie Open draw Thursday, which puts him on the same side as Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Juan Martin del Potro.
The Canadian, seeded No. 13 in the men's bracket, takes on Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic in the first round. The winner would then face either Czech Lukas Rosol, ranked 75th in the world, or a qualifier yet to be determined.
In other action at the event, former U.S. Open champion del Potro beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-1 on Friday to set up a final against Lleyton Hewitt .
No. 7-ranked del Potro has beaten former No. 1-ranked Hewitt, the 2011 Kooyong champion, in two of their three previous matches. The 31-year-old Hewitt, preparing for his 17th Australian Open, beat No. 6-ranked Tomas Berdych on Thursday to secure his spot in the final.