Milos Raonic knocked out of Monte Carlo Masters

Milos Raonic of Canada reacts after missing a point during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka of...

Milos Raonic of Canada reacts after missing a point during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during their quarter-final match at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco April 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)

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Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic was ousted from the Monte Carlo Masters Friday.

The Thornhill, Ont., native's powerful serve was rendered ineffective by Swiss opponent Stanislas Warinka. Raonic recorded just six aces in the 7-6 (5), 6-2 quarterfinal loss.

Raonic, the 10th ranked tennis player on the ATP Tour, has lost all three head-to-head matches against world No. 3 Wawrinka.

"The match was tough," Wawrinka told the ATP's website. "I think I played a great match. I was really focused on my serve to be really aggressive from the first shot, to make him move, to make him work for every ball. The match could have changed completely. He was up two times with a mini break in the tie-break. It's never easy to play him. He's a big server. He's strong. He's tough to play. He can play fast. I just think that I played a solid match."

Wawrinka next faces David Ferrer in the semifinals.

In doubles action, Toronto's Daniel Nestor and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic defeated Monaco pair Romain Arneodo and Benjamin Balleret, 6-4, 6-3, to reach the semifinals.

FED CUP TIE SET

Eugenie Bouchard and Aleksandra Wozniak will represent Canada in the singles and reverse-singles portions of the World Group I Fed Cup tie against Slovakia Saturday in Quebec City.

Wozniak, of Blainville, Que., will kick things off against Jana Cepelova at Laval University. Bouchard, of Westmount, Que., will follow against Kristina Kucova before opponents are swapped Sunday.

Should a tie-breaker doubles match be required, Canada will call on Toronto's Sharon Fichman and Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski against Janette Huscova and Kucova.

"These are going to be tough and competitive matches even though they are missing (Dominika) Cibulkova and other players," said Bruneau. "They are still very strong. They have young players who are excited to have this opportunity. We can't take anything for granted. The outcome of the tie will be decided on the court, not on paper."

Canada is currently ranked No. 11 in the Fed Cup rankings while Slovakia is at No. 7. Slovakia owns a 1-0 record against Canada in Fed Cup play.


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