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Australian Open: Raonic, Dimitrov and Goffin book quarter-final berths

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World No.3 Milos Raonic secured his place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the third successive year by beating Spanish No.13 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 at Melbourne Park on Monday. Raonic, who hit 75 winners - including 33 aces, won after a two hour-51 minute battle.

"I was very fortunate to get the win today - there were some moments when it wasn't looking so good," Raonic said after the match.

"I was happy that I was able to find a way to pull through. And this atmosphere - especially when the roof closed, the noise stays in a little bit more, so it was great to be here. We live to see another day."

Raonic opened up a 3-0 lead in the first set, but Agut worked his way back and led 5-1 in the tie-break. However, Raonic fought back to win the breaker 8-6.

Raonic capitalised on that momentum with a service break to start the second set, but Bautista Agut found holes in the Canadian's baseline game, and bounced back to win the set.

The third set was briefly suspended due to a rain delay at 3-3, and Bautista Agut held three break points in the ninth game of the third set, but Raonic survived.

In the following game, Bautista Agut serving to stay in the set at 4-5, double-faulted and then hit a forehand long to gift Raonic a commanding lead two sets to one lead.

Raonic then cruised to a 5-0 lead in the fourth set before closing out the match in a little under 3 hours.

Raonic will face the winner of the match between Rafael Nadal and Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals.

The other quarter-final in the bottom half of the draw will see Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov take on Belgian David Goffin.

Dimitrov defeated Uzbek Denis Istomin 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the second time. Istomin, the man who knocked out Serbian Novak Djokovic in the tournament's second round, was affected by leg issues for much of the match, and was noticeably limping.

Goffin, meanwhile beat 8th seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-2.