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Milos Raonic battles hip issue to advance to fourth round of French Open

Canada's Milos Raonic returns the ball to Slovakia's Andrej Martin during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, Friday, May 27, 2016 in Paris. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Alastair Grant
May 27, 2016 - 1:23 PM

PARIS - Canadian Milos Raonic overcame a hip issue to advance to the fourth round of the French Open for the second time in three years.

The hard-serving No. 8 seed from Thornhill, Ont., converted his fifth match point to get past Andrej Martin of Slovakia 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3 on Friday.

Raonic needed treatment in the third set to loosen the muscles in his left hip area.

"The trainer was able to assure me that from what he could tell, there was nothing serious there," Raonic said. "I'll have tests done on it now and take it from there."

Later in the day, John McEnroe said on the Eurosport show "The Commissioner" that he is going to be a consultant for Raonic at Wimbledon next month. Raonic is being coached in Paris by 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya and Riccardo Piatti.

McEnroe won three championships at the All England Club in the early 1980s. He is working as a TV analyst at the French Open.

Raonic suffered a small tear to his right adductor muscle at the Australian Open in January. He took February off but was still hampered by hip problems at the Indian Wells tournament in March.

"It was my opposite hip (on Friday) so I didn't really think too much of it," Raonic said. "I just tried to fight through. I tried to manage the situation as much as I could and I'm happy with the fact that I was able to continue through with (some) efficiency."

The 2014 French Open quarter-finalist compiled a 43-22 edge in winners. Raonic is the lone Canadian left in the singles draw after Eugenie Bouchard was eliminated Thursday.

Martin, the 133rd-ranked "lucky loser," was trying to become the first Slovak to reach the fourth round in men's singles at Roland Garros since Dominik Hrbaty reached the semifinals in 1999.

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