TORONTO - It was another tough, close battle but for the second-straight evening, Milos Raonic pulled out a victory, this time defeating France's dark horse Julien Benneteau 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. With the win, the Canadian advances to the quarter-finals at the Rogers Cup for the second-straight year.
It was a back-and-forth matchup with Benneteau continually making things hard not only for Raonic but the Canadian faithful supporting Raonic in the stands at Rexall Centre.
Few may have heard of him prior to the tournament but in Toronto this week, the Frenchman ousted the former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt before elimination No. 11 Ernests Gulbis on Wednesday. But despite a valiant effort on Thursday, Benneteau just simply did not have enough to get past the hometown boy.
Awaiting Raonic in the quarter-final will be Spain's Feliciano Lopez who completed the third upset of the day, downing No. 4 Tomas Berdych (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) just moments after the Canadian won his match.
The fans in Toronto are buzzing even more now as they will return to the Rogers Cup on Friday in full preparation of cheering on their countryman. It should be great.