Tennis

Milos Raonic ousted early at St. Petersburg Open

​Milos Raonic was surprisingly ousted by local hope Mikhail Youzhny 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open on Thursday.

Canadian entered Russian tournament as defending champ

Milos Raonic lost to Mikhail Youzhny in the second round at the St. Petersburg Open on Thursday. (Dmitri Lovetsky/The Associated Press)

​Milos Raonic was surprisingly ousted by local hope Mikhail Youzhny 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open on Thursday.

Youzhny toughed out a 10-minute final game to cap the match in 2½ hours and his first win over a top-10 player in more than two years.

Raonic, the world No. 6 who came to St. Petersburg as the reigning champion and had a first-round bye, has lost three of his last four matches on tour.

Youzhny improved his record in St. Petersburg to a tournament-best 33-12, including the 2004 title and two other finals. He said he felt he was playing his best tennis in three years, when he last won a title, and was fired up by the Russian crowd.

"It's only possible in St. Petersburg," he said.

In his third quarterfinal of the year, he will play fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, who beat Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 7-5.

Third-seeded Tomas Berdych dug deep to reach the quarterfinals as he defeated leading Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4) and next plays Italian Paolo Lorenzi, who saw off French qualifier Alexandre Sidorenko 7-6 (6), 6-4.

Earlier, seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki beat fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal with U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

Eighth-seeded Joao Sousa, the 2015 runner-up, also made the last eight, beating Russian wild card Andrey Rublev in three sets.

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