Milos Raonic booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the clay-court Barcelona Open Thursday with a straight-sets win over sixth-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain.
Eleventh-seeded Raonic knocked off Almagro, ranked 13th in the world, 6-3, 6-3 in just over an hour at the ATP World 500 event. It's the second time in his career that Raonic has made it to the quarters of a clay-court tournament.
"This was probably my best win on clay," 25th-ranked Raonic said. "Before the first round, I was feeling quite miserable about my game. I had trained well but didn't do so well last week. I was having trouble getting some things together. But I've been able to pick it up in my last two matches
"I'm hitting and moving well and that makes the difference in my game. I'm taking a lot of confidence into the quarterfinals."
The 21-year-old from Thornhill will play fourth-ranked Andy Murray of Great Britain in the quarters. They were scheduled to meet a few weeks ago in Miami but Raonic pulled out with an ankle injury.