Federer relentless in overcoming Raonic
It was everything everyone's come to expect from Roger Federer - relentless, error-free tennis to bemuse, break down and eventually beat another Grand Slam opponent.
Big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic found himself kicked to the Australian Open fourth round kerb by Federer despite doing little wrong on Monday night.
But the barest of openings offered by the 13th seed were enough for Federer to pierce his defences, and win 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to book a quarter-final showdown with Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Australian Open, Day 8
Roger Federer against Milos Raonic on Rod Laver Arena. Photo: Wayne Taylor
How a match which barely moved off serve became the Swiss master's in straight sets in under two hours was classic Federer.
Raonic's serve faltered just once in a 10-game opening set - in the last game as Federer increased the pressure exponentially, then took full advantage of his only set point.
In the second set, the Canadian then held his nerve and his serve through to roll into a tie-break.
The early signs were good, until the No.2 seed uncorked a couple of huge winners to take an advantage, then whipped in a superb forehand winner backed by a guttural roar to seal it.
Raonic's spirit was broken along with his serve in the opening game of the third set, and Federer backed the truck over him again for a second service break soon after.
The highlight of the set - and perhaps of the match - was Federer's deft drop shot return on Raonic's serve which fell dead just over the net cord in the fifth game.
Roger Federer ... after winning his match against Milos Raonic. Photo: Wayne Taylor
Federer's match against Tsonga will be his 35th consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final.
Earlier on Monday, Tsonga beat countryman Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 to book his quarter-final place.