October 31, 2012
Milos Raonic through to third round at Paris Masters
By QMI Agency
Milos Raonic couldn't break Jeremy Chardy's serve until it mattered most.
After splitting the opening two sets in his second-round match with Chardy at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris Wednesday, Raonic rolled over the Frenchman in the third to secure a hard-fought 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3 win. He won the last three games of the final set, including a break of Chardy's serve in the eighth game, to advance.
"It was a tough win, I had to fight," Raonic said. "I was not as comfortable as I could have been with my ground strokes, so I had to rely on my serve."
The result sets up a third-round matchup Thursday between 14th-seeded Raonic and unseeded American Sam Querrey, who upset second-seeded Novak Djokovic in the second round.
Raonic turned it up in the third set aftter tie-breakers were needed in the first two. He drilled 10 of his 26 aces in the third set -- Chardy had just one ace -- and double faulted once. The 21-year-old from Thornhill also saved all three breaks points he faced in the third set.