Milos Raonic First To Advance To Third Round At Madrid Open

The Madrid Open is one of the biggest clay tournaments ahead of the French Open, the second Grand Slam of the tennis season and the only major tournament played on clay.  The favourites to win in Madrid are the top seeded players on the world rankings, but Canada also has a face at the tournament.

Canadians were originally treated to two stars on the clay courts, but Eugenie Bouchard was sadly eliminated in her first match, continuing a slump that has plagued her form midseason.  Canada’s other top bet, Milos Raonic is off to a great start in Madrid and is the first player in the men’s singles to reach the third round of the event.

As one of the top 10 seeds on the ATP World Rankings, Raonic automatically qualified for the second round of the tournament.  He was drawn to play Juan Monaco of Argentina, who won in straight sets against Nicolas Almagro in the opening round.

Despite Monaco’s strong form in the opening round, he was no match for Canada’s rising star.  Raonic’s strong serve was swinging hard against Monaco, scoring nine aces against his lower seeded opponent.  He also scored two breaks to take away game points from Monaco.

When Raonic won the match point, the final score was 6-3, 6-4 in favour of the Canadian.  He is set to face of Leonardo Mayer and Feliciano Lopez in the third round. 

A meeting with Lopez will mark the sixth time the two men meet on the court, and the first time since Raonic won their last meeting at the Australian Open in January.  However, the two had their first match in Madrid in 2011, a match that was won by Lopez.  Raonic has come a long way since that first meeting, and Canadians should be comfortable betting on their own star rallying through to the fourth round.

Swing for a win Milos!