Raonic makes short work of Bolelli to reach Rotterdam quarters

Milos Raonic relied on his powerful serve Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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The 24-year-old native of Thornhill, Ont., blasted 17 aces on the way to a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over Simone Bolelli of Italy in a match that took just 76 minutes to complete.

Raonic, the No. 2 seed at the indoor hardcourt tournament, will play Sergiy Stakhovsky in the quarters. He is 2-0 in his career against the Ukrainian.

Fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil didn't fare as well, falling to top seed Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5 earlier in the day.

The Scot, in his first event since losing to Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open, saved a set point in the second set after briefly losing his focus.

Murray, 27, angrily smashed his racket after double-faulting to fall 5-3 down but Pospisil, of Vernon, B.C., could not convert his one set point when he served at 5-4.

Murray will play Frenchman Gilles Simon, the eighth seed, next after he beat compatriot Jeremy Chardy.