Wimbledon 2017: Milos Raonic thrives on grass court form to beat Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets

London: Milos Raonic's grass-court season took a turn for the better at Wimbledon.

Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates after winning the first set against Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff during their Men's Singles Match on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Milos Raonic celebrates after winning against Jan-Lennard Struff at Wimbledon 2017. AP

The sixth-seeded Raonic, the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final, advanced to the second round at the All England Club by beating Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-6 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4).

The 26-year-old Raonic reached the Wimbledon final last year, losing to Andy Murray in straight sets. But his first match this year on grass was a disappointing loss in the opening round at Queen's.

It was the first time since 2014 that Raonic had failed to win a match on grass prior to Wimbledon. He went on to play in the semifinals that year, however.

Raonic, who has struggled with a hamstring injury this year, reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and the fourth round at the French Open this year.

Updated Date: Jul 04, 2017 21:01 PM

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