PARIS - For the third-straight year, Canadian Milos Raonic is off to the third round at the French Open. This coming after his 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-1 victory of Wednesday over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
After finding himself a break down, the native of Thornhill, Ontario, clawed back to win what turned out to be an hour-long opening set. That opener, though, would prove to be the toughest test for Raonic on this day as he quickly took control of the match afterwards. But after struggling in his first-round matchup against Australian Nick Kyrgios, the Canadian did acknowledge that he is noticing signs of improvement in his own game.
"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," Raonic told the media after his win on Wednesday. "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."
Next up for Raonic will be a hometown boy. 29th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon will be the Canadian's third-round opponent. The two do not have much of a history against each other, however, as they only met once before - the 2011 Estoril Open in Portugal - where Raonic was victorious. It may also be notable to mention that said lone meeting, like their upcoming matchup, was played on clay.