Raonic ousts Dimitrov, Del Potro cruises through in Madrid

Created 09 May 2018
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Milos Raonic overcame third seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 3-6 6-3 to reach the third round at the Madrid Open on Tuesday and set up an all-Canadian clash with teenager Denis Shapovalov.


Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates winning his second round match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

Shapovalov had earlier produced a relentless display of big-hitting to deny France’s Benoit Paire the perfect 29th birthday present with a 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4 victory.

Raonic edged a tight clash against an opponent he had only beaten once before, with Bulgarian Dimitrov struggling to build up momentum ahead of the French Open later this month.

Briton Kyle Edmund beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-4 6-0 to set up a second round clash with Novak Djokovic.

The Serb showed signs of a return to form after a difficult year, eliminating Kei Nishikori on Monday, but Edmund said he was not thinking about the 12-time grand slam champion’s game.

Top seed Nadal, chasing his sixth Madrid Open title, opens with a second-round match against Gael Monfils on Wednesday.

World number six Juan Martin del Potro started with a 6-3 6-3 win over Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur to reach the third round. The Argentine saved two of three break points, with 19 winners and 20 unforced errors, to set up a clash with Dusan Lajovic.





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