Raonic upsets Malisse in SAP Open

BY foxsports • February 8, 2011

Big-serving Milos Raonic upset fourth-seeded Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the SAP Open on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Raonic used his serve to make it all the way to the round of 16 at the Australian Open as a qualifier before losing to David Ferrer. He served 20 aces in his first match in San Jose to set up a second-round meeting with American James Blake.

Malisse was one of two seeded players to lose their opening match Tuesday. Sixth-seeded Benjamin Becker lost earlier to Richard Berankis 6-3, 7-6 (2). Berankis will play Donald Young in the second round.

In other first-round matches, eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori beat Jan Hajek 6-1, 7-6 (6), and Brian Dabul beat Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-3.

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