Canadian Milos Raonic has already improved on last year'sperformance at the French Open. Raonic powered past Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 6-4, 6-2, 6-2,on Monday to reach the second round of the tournament. The 19th-seed from Thornhill, Ont., opened with a win on anothersunny day at Roland Garros after losing in the first round a yearago to German Michael Berrer. "It was good to finally win my first match here," said Raonic. "Itwas good to play a guy like him, who doesn't give you much. |
I hadto go and win the match." Raonic will next face American qualifier Jesse Levine, who beatBenjamin Becker of Germany 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. "I need to keep doing the right things and I need to work on myserving a bit," said Raonic. "I'll have to go out and playaggressive against him." The Canadian dominated from the start, breaking his Spanishopponent five times with 12 aces. Raonic ended with 58 winners against just 10 for Ramirez Hidalgo. "I put pressure on him and was able to depend on my serve," saidRaonic, ranked 22nd on the ATP.
"I feel in control as long as I candictate. I get nervous before all of my matches and I didn't knowwhat to expect from him. "Once I got into my game I relaxed and was able to play withinmyself." Back issues knock out Dancevic Earlier, fellow Canadian Frank Dancevic exited the tournament afterless than 30 minutes on the court, retiring due to a back issue. The Niagara Falls, Ont., native was down 4-0 to Martin Klizan ofSlovakia when he pulled out of the first-round match. Dancevic said he was afraid to risk aggravating a back injury hesuffered last month in Florida.
"I was petrified out there, I didn't know what would happen. Istarted feeling twinges even during the warm-up and it only gotworse during the match," said Dancevic. "I didn't want to mess upmy whole summer, it was just not worth it for me." The 28-year-old took treatment after the third game but knew hecould not go on. "I wasn't able to play at 100 per cent, I was not in it at all," hesaid. "I played careful, I was scared to go for anything, I justknew there was no way I could go on." The Canadian is hoping to continue healing and could be a long shotentry into Wimbledon.
If not, then he will plan to be ready for theNewport grass event in the U.S. which begins July 9. "I've entered Wimbledon qualifying just in case I'm feeling reallygreat," he said. "I was playing so well in the spring and then Igot this injury, for five days I lay on the floor with my legs on abed, I was immobile.
I only started training last week. "But I'm still hoping to come back and play well," said the120th-ranked Dancevic. "I would like to crack the top 100.".
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