PARIS - He became the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the post-1968 Open era but unfortunately fort Milos Raonic, that was as much as he could do at Roland Garros, falling to No. 2 Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
In a match that lasted two hours and 22 minutes, the 8th-seeded Raonic managed to fire 21 aces against the Serbia but could only convert one of two break opportunities en route to the loss.
Had he been victorious, Raonic would have been the first Canadian man in 91 years to reach a Grand Slam semifinal and the third in 106 years. But it wasn't to be on this day as Djokovic proved to be too much for the native of Thornhill, Ont.
As for Djokovic, while he is a six-time Grand Slam winner, capturing the championship at Roland Garros still eludes him. He hopes 2014 will be his year. For Raonic, perhaps the silver-lining of this tournament would be bowing out to the eventual champion. Surely, there wouldn't be any disgrace in that.