Milos Raonic survives scare at French Open

Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic serves to Michael Llodra of France during their men's singles...

Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic serves to Michael Llodra of France during their men's singles match at the French Open in Paris, May 29, 2013. (REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 PM ET

Milos Raonic had some tense moments Wednesday at the French Open but survived to live another day.

The 22-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., seeded 14th in the clay-court grand slam tournament, advanced to the third round at Roland Garros with a dodgy 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 win over Frenchman Michael Llodra. He finished with 24 aces and 75 winners against the unheralded lefty serve-and-volley specialist.

Raonic will next play South African Kevin Anderson, seeded 23rd at the French Open. Anderson beat Russia’s Evgeny Donskov 6-7 (8), 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 in the second round.

Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver pushed Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos in a five-set marathon but wound up on the wrong end of a 7-6 (9), 6-4, 6-7 (7), 2-6, 8-6 result.

In men’s doubles, Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden moved into the second round with a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4) win over Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. Nestor and Lindstedt will next face Frenchmen Jonathan Dasnieres De Veigy and Florent Serra, straight-set winners over Aussies Marinko Matosevic and John-Patrick Smith.

 


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