Milos Raonic has dedicated his third-round victory at the Australian Open to victims of a shooting in Canada which left four people dead and at least two injured.
A gunman opened fire at the La Loche Community School in a remote aboriginal community in Saskatchewan, and at a second location.
After his win over Viktor Troicki on Saturday, the 25-year-old Canadian said, “Today, before I stepped out on court it was a difficult day back home.”
His voice sounding emotional at times, Raonic added: “Unfortunately in Saskatchewan in a very small community there was a shooting at a high school, so I want to take a moment and give thoughts to that community. Today’s victory was for that community, and a quick recovery and all of Canada, and I’m sure the world is behind you.”
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The No. 13-seeded Canadian reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the fourth time with the win, defeating Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to advance.