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TOKYO -- Milos Raonic may have been tired, but it didnt show. Steve Nash Mavericks Jersey . The third-seeded Canadian downed Japans Go Soeda 6-4, 7-6 (0) on Wednesday in the first round of the Japan Open as he tries to finish the ATP Tour season on a high note. Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., finished with a forehand winner down the line as he completely overwhelmed his Japanese opponent in the tiebreaker. "I did a lot of things well, I served well in tough situations even if my serve was going in and out a bit. It was an early match for me (11 a.m.)," said Raonic, who won the Thailand Open on Sunday. "Most of my matches in Bangkok were in late afternoon or at night. "But I believe I have adjusted well. Ive dealt with a lot of issues but in the important moments my game has held up. I served well and played a good tiebreaker, I buckled down when I had to." Raonic will next play Jeremy Chardy of France, who defeated Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli 7-6 (2), 3-6, 7-6 (6). The 22-year-old Canadian is a provisional 11th in the race to the eight-man season wrapup in London next month and is working in Asia to try to qualify for the elite event for the first time. Raonic improved to 38-17 on the season with the victory. Soeda is now 0-9 at his home tournament. Raonic had 24 aces and never faced a break point. His break of Soeda in the third game of the opening set was enough to win the set after 35 minutes with his 10th ace. He dominated in the second-set tiebreaker to earn the victory. Raonic took a break after Wimbledon and has been working on his conditioning in recent weeks. Hes won 17 matches and lost five since his appearance at the All-England Club. "I think taking a longer period after Wimbledon to work on fitness really helped me," said Raonic. "When I returned to the court I had more confidence and Ive kept that going. Its still helping me a lot at this moment." Raonic is playing Tokyo for the fourth straight year, standing 7-3 in the Japanese capital after making his breakthrough as a qualifier in only his second ATP-level event. Also Wednesday, top-seeded Juan Martin del Potro moved into the quarter-finals with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq. Del Potro broke Berlocqs serve twice in the second set, and lost only eight points on serve under the roof, closed by rain. After Tuesdays three-set victory over Marcos Baghdatis, del Potro said it was good to find his rhythm. "I played a lot better than yesterday," del Potro said. "I served well, my forehand was strong and I was able to break his serve and be aggressive. I had control of the match all the time which was important to me." Del Potro, who is seeking his third title of the season following victories in Rotterdam and Washington, will next play Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine, who defeated eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 7-6 (2). In the days only upset, Ivan Dodig of Croatia ousted second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (5). Matching 2009 champion Tsonga with nine aces, Dodig saved all three break points he faced. Dodig will attempt to earn a place in his third semifinal of 2013 against Jarkko Nieminen of Finalnd, who beat Michal Przysiezny of Poland 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2. Raonic lost in the final last year to local favourite Kei Nishikori, who will face Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round on Thursday. The fourth-seeded Nishikori is on the verge of becoming the first Japanese player to break into the top 10 and is bidding to win his second title of the season. ------ With files from The Associated Press.Justin Anderson Jersey . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. Jose Juan Barea Jersey . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. . Miller reached right to deflect Mikhail Grabovskis attempt with just over 2 minutes remaining in regulation, and then made two more saves in the shootout Sunday to give the Sabres a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.With time ticking down on the pre-season, the Montreal Canadiens trimmed their roster by sending eight players down to Hamilton Thursday afternoon. Michael Blunden, Martin St-Pierre, Christian Thomas, Nick Tarnasky, Patrick Holland, Magnus Nygren, Darren Dietz and Greg Pateryn were those who were cut. The Canadiens training camp roster is now made up of 15 forwards, 10 defencemen and two goaltenders. Michel Therrien will use his final game of the pre-season to prepare his veterans for opening night. Among the veterans in the lineup that Therrien will ice on Thursday, there will be two rookies that will get another opportunity to prove themselves; one being Michael Bournival, who has been the most impressive young forward at camp this year. The 21-year-old centerman was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Ryan OByrne back in 2011. So far he has shown he isnt too far away from being ready to play in the NHL. The other rookie in the lineup is defenceman Nathan&nbbsp;Beaulieu, who has been sidelined for most of camp with a shoulder injury. Steve Nash Jersey. . Beaulieu played his first game of the pre-season Wednesday night in Ottawa and management would like to get another look at their 2011 first round pick. As expected, Brian Gionta returns to the lineup for the first time since injuring his bicep back in May. Douglas Murray was able to practice with his team for the first time in a week. Murray is dealing with a lower-body injury and is still not confirmed if hell be able to play on October 1. Players at Thursdays morning skate: Gionta, Bouillon, Briere, Subban, Bourque, Gorges, Pacioretty, Parros, Markov, Plekanec, Desharnais, Dumont, Murray, Price and Budaj. Those that played last night in Ottawa were given the morning off. Players in the lineup tonight vs. the Ottawa Senators: Gallagher, Plekanec, Bourque, Gionta, Gorges, Galchenyuk, Moen, Beaulieu, Briere, Bournival, Desharnais, White, Bouillon, Diaz, Pacioretty, Subban, Markov, Eller, Price and Budaj. Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '

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