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Canada’s Milos Raonic advances at Japan Open after opponent retires

Milos Raonic of Canada returns the ball against Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic during their first round match of the Japan Open tennis championships in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.

Koji Sasahara/AP

Milos Raonic advanced to the last eight of the Japan Open in a matter of moments Thursday after Serbian opponent Viktor Troicki retired from their match with an injury in the first set to hand the Canadian a 3-0 win.

Raonic moved into the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 event after losing in the second round in his first two appearances in 2010 and 2011 — both to Rafael Nadal.

The hard-serving 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., will face Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia in the next round after the third seed defeated Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 6-2.

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