Raonic rolls to French Open win

Milos Raonic returns the ball to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, of Spain, during the French Open tennis...

Milos Raonic returns the ball to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, of Spain, during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 6:05 PM ET

What a difference a year makes.

After losing in the first round of the 2011 French Open, Canadian tennis ace Milos Raonic made short work of his Spanish opponent Monday in Paris in his opening-round match of the year's second Grand Slam tourney.

Raonic's 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo was his first ever in the main draw of the French Open.

In the second round, the 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., will play Canadian-born American qualifier Jesse Levine, who beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round.

Raonic, seeded 19th at Roland Garros, was in complete control against Hidalgo, breaking the Spaniard five times while stroking five aces. He finished the match with 58 winners.

Fellow Canadian Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls lasted all of 30 minutes in his opening-round match. Trailing Slovakian Martin Klizan 4-0 in the first set, Dancevic was forced to retire due to a back issue, a flare-up of an injury that first occurred last month in Florida.


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