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Milos Raonic of Canada returns a ball to Ivan Dodig of Croatia during the Barcelona Open tennis tournament, April 21, 2011.

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A frustrated Milos Raonic was dispatched from the Barcelona Open on Thursday as Croatian Ivan Dodig upset the 16th-seeded Canadian 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-3 in third-round action.

Dodig needed two hours 15 minutes to defeat the 20-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., who will now head to an ATP Tour event in Estoril, Portugal for his third straight clay-court competition leading up to the French Open.

Raonic, ranked a career-best 28th in the world, dropped his overall record to 20 wins and seven losses after facing a fellow young gun who recently won his first tournament.

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Raonic was disappointed with his mental attitude Thursday and said improving that will be his main focus in upcoming practice sessions.

"I wish I could have done better but I had a bad attitude," he said. "I let things get to me instead of looking for a way to win.

"I was not at all happy with my game and it showed - I was frustrated."

Raonic couldn't mount a third-set comeback at the Real Club as Dodig kept him on the defensive with two service breaks. The 25-year-old Croatian, ranked 56th in the world, took a 5-1 lead before Raonic pulled to within 5-2 with a break of his own. But the Canadian couldn't do much after that before ultimately losing.

"He was getting to a lot of balls and staying calm as well," said Raonic. "I have to stay level-headed and work on trying to win. It was little things in my game letting me down and I let them bother me.

"I need to step back and not get angry, try to see the big picture in a match."

Raonic, who also won his first pro tournament earlier this year, and Dodig battled in a marathon first set that lasted an hour. But the Canadian missed his chance on set point in the 10th game.

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Instead of taking a comfortable lead, Raonic found himself tied 5-5 and then was forced to save a break point in the 11th game to hold serve.

The set eventually went to a tiebreaker but Dodig dominated that en route to the victory.

Raonic showed promise in the second set, registering a break for a 4-3 lead. But Dodig returned the favour a game later to make it 4-4 before Raonic captured the set.

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