Raonic, Bouchard advance to French Open quarterfinals

Milos Raonic of Canada hits a return to Marcel Granollers of Spain during their men's singles match...

Milos Raonic of Canada hits a return to Marcel Granollers of Spain during their men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 1, 2014. (REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

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, Last Updated: 10:49 PM ET

It was a huge day for Canada at the French Open.

Thornhill, Ont. native Milos Raonic nabbed his first Grand Slam quarterfinal Sunday, beating Marcel Granollers of Spain in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in Paris.

Raonic’s win comes a day after a tough battle against Frenchman Gilles Simon, a match that saw the 23-year-old commit 74 unforced errors and seven double-faults.

“I’m not surprised to make by first Grand Slam quarterfinal but I would not have thought I would have done it first here on clay,” Raonic told the Canadian Press. “I’ve always felt I could play well on clay.

“The key is not making much of a change in my game just for the clay. I’ve been trying to keep what I’ve been doing on the hardcourts.”

Meanwhile, Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard, the No. 18 seed, pummeled Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-1, 6-2 in 52 minutes to become the first Canadian woman in over 20 years to enter the final eight at the French Open.

The last Canadian female to do it was Helen Kelesi in 1989.

“I’m confident and I really believe in my skills,” Bouchard told CP. “I believe I can play with the best girls out there.

“That mindset kind of helped me, it made me realize whatever happens I can deal with it on the court. I was really going for my shots. That was my intention and it worked.”

Raonic will meet world No. 2 Novak Djokovic on Tuesday after the Serbian handled Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 Sunday.

Bouchard will face 14th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain on Monday. Navarro beat Bouchard in the third round at Wimbledon last year.

In addition to Canada's singles success, Toronto's Daniel Nestor advanced to the mixed doubles quarters as the Canadian and French partner Kristina Mladenovic defeated Raven Klaasen and Racquel Kops-Jones 6-3, 6-2.

Nestor and Mladenovic have already claimed a pair of Grand Slam mixed doubles titles together.


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