Raonic crashes out to 116th-ranked qualifier

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Posted: Oct 16, 2014 10:07 AM

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Top seed Milos Raonic suffered a setback in his hopes of qualifying for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after he was beaten 6-3 4-6 6-3 by 116th-ranked journeyman Ricardas Berankis in the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Thursday.

Berankis watched 15 aces from Raonic whistle past him but the Lithuanian qualifier broke the Canadian’s powerful serve four times to seal his first ever victory over a top 10 player.

Raonic currently stands eighth in the "Race to London" for the end-of-season ATP World Tour Finals which will feature the top eight players.

Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka have already qualified, while several players are still in contention to grab the four remaining places.

THE RACE TO LONDON:

1 Novak Djokovic 9010-qualified

2 Roger Federer 8020-qualified

3 Rafa Nadal 6745-qualified

4 Stan Wawrinka 4805-qualified

5 Kei Nishikori 4265

6 Marin Cilic 3990

7 Tomas Berdych 3945

8 Milos Raonic 3750

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9 David Ferrer 3715

10 Andy Murray 3655

11 Grigor Dimitrov 3450

(Reporting By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy, editing by Pritha Sarkar)