Milos Raonic battles cool weather to win first match at French Open

Milos Raonic serves to Nick Kyrgios during opening round action at the French Open in Paris on...

Milos Raonic serves to Nick Kyrgios during opening round action at the French Open in Paris on Sunday, May 25, 2014. (Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters)

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Canada's Milos Raonic is off to a strong start at the French Open.

The native of Thornhill, Ont. shook off the morning chill in Paris to beat feisty Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-3 and ease into the second round Sunday at Roland Garros.

The eighth-seeded Raonic was broken midway through the second set but recovered immediately, leaving his 19-year-old opponent to hurl his racket to the court.

The Australian got increasingly frustrated through the second-set tiebreak, before Raonic took it 7-1. Raonic served out to win the third set on his third match point.

"I felt very good," Raonic said. "In the first round you go in not knowing exactly how things are going to play out, and I was able to, when it mattered, put forward the right attitude and the right level of tennis."

Toronto's Peter Polansky was not as fortunate, losing to tough sixth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.


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