Tennis

Raonic beats Vesely to advance to third round in Paris

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The Canadian Press
5/28/2014 12:41:25 PM
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PARIS -- Eighth-seeded Milos Raonic beat Czech Jiri Vesely 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the third round at the French Open for a third consecutive year.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., came back from a break down in the first set and won the hour-long opener in a tiebreak before taking control of the match.

Raonic said he is noticing signs of improvement on court after struggling somewhat in his opening match, a 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 win over Australian qualifier Nick Kyrgios.

"I feel like I'm playing better today than I did three days ago, I think I dealt a little bit better with when I got things figured out as far as intensity," he said.

"I held it on a little bit better where I struggled a little bit with my match three days ago. The court is playing a little bit slower than you would expect here in Paris, but it's been going well so far."

Raonic's third-round opponent is 29th seed Gilles Simon of France, who will have a partisan crowd behind him.

"It's going to be tough," Raonic said.

Raonic and Simon have only faced each other once before, with Raonic winning on clay at the 2011 Estoril Open in Portugal.



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