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Raonic prevails in tight three-setter against Kuznetsov to reach 2nd round in Rotterdam

  • Canada's Milos Raonic returns the ball to Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Raonic won in three sets 6-7, 6-1, 7-5. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Canada's Milos Raonic returns the ball to Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Raonic won in three sets 6-7, 6-1, 7-5. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov grabs his head after failing to return a shot by Canada's Milos Raonic during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov grabs his head after failing to return a shot by Canada's Milos Raonic during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

Second-seeded Milos Raonic was made to work for a 6-7 (5), 6-1, 7-5 victory over qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov and a place in the second round of the World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday.

Coming off an Australian Open quarterfinals loss, Raonic hit 19 aces to rally past the 23-year-old Russian in a contest lasting nearly two hours. Raonic got off to a sluggish start but managed to claw his way back into the match with his big serve.

The sixth-ranked Canadian, who will take on Simone Bolelli in the next round, lost only six points on his first serve.

Earlier, eighth-seeded Gilles Simon defeated Joao Sousa 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 and Vasek Pospisil converted three of his four break points in a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Philip Kohlschreiber.