Tennis

Raonic lone Canadian left in singles draw after rain-delayed victory in 1st round of Australian Open

Canada's Milos Raonic won his first match since October on Tuesday, finishing off a suspended opening-round contest at the Australian Open.

3 Canadians, including Felix Auger-Aliassime, eliminated from Grand Slam event

Canada's Milos Raonic plays a forehand during his rain-interrupted 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Italy's Lorenzo Giustino at the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. (Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Canada's Milos Raonic won his first match since October on Tuesday, finishing off a suspended opening-round contest at the Australian Open.

The 32nd-seeded Raonic beat Italian lucky loser Lorenzo Giustino 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., was one game away from winning the match on Monday when rain washed out play for the rest of the day.

"To start off in that way, especially not having played a lot of matches, to play a pretty clean match and obviously to come back today and be efficient, all of those things are positive, something I can build off of," said Raonic.

WATCH | Raonic rolls through 1st round:

Canadian Milos Raonic needed to win one game on Tuesday in Australia to beat Lorenzo Giustino in straight sets. 0:29

Raonic was Canada's first and only player to advance in the singles main draw this year. Top Canadian male Denis Shapovalov, the No. 13 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., was upset by Hungary's Marton Fucsovics on Sunday.

No. 20 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal was ousted in his Australian Open main-draw debut by Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, who won 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4.

WATCH | Felix Auger-Aliassime bounced by Latvian qualifier in 1st round: 

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime lost his first round match three sets to one against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia. 1:30

Also, Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil fell against Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5.

WATCH | Vasek Pospisil falls to 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic in straight sets: 

Canada's Vasek Pospisil falls to Croatian Ivo Karlovic in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5. 1:04

And Leylah Annie Fernandez, the lone Canadian in the women's singles draw, was toppled by American Lauren Davis in a first-round match, 6-4, 6-2.

The 17-year-old from Laval, Que., won three matches last week to qualify for her first Grand Slam.

WATCH | Leylah Annie Fernandez displays potential in Grand Slam debut: 

The Canadian fell in straight sets to American Lauren Davis on Tuesday. 0:47
 

Top Canadian Bianca Andreescu, the reigning U.S. Open champ, withdrew from the Australian Open because of a knee injury.

'No setbacks'

The 29-year-old Raonic was sidelined by various injuries for large portions of the second half of last year, hurting his ranking (which was a career-best No. 3 in 2016), but says he's feeling good in Melbourne.

"I was able to train for about six, seven weeks straight without any hindrances, no setbacks. I was thankful for that," said Raonic. "I came out and I was able to play in Doha and train before Doha, train here without anything.

"It's been fortunate so far."

Raonic will next play No. 36 Cristian Garin of Chile. Garin toppled No. 82 Stefano Travaglia of Italy 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Giustino, ranked 150th in the world, was making his Grand Slam debut. He got in after Radu Albot of Moldova dropped out because of injury.

The Australian Open is the only Grand Slam Raonic hasn't missed at least once since turning pro. He has made the quarterfinals three times, including last year, and the semis once.

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