Raonic, Bouchard eye Canadian history at French Open

Milos Raonic celebrates after winning his men's singles match against Marcel Granollers at the...

Milos Raonic celebrates after winning his men's singles match against Marcel Granollers at the French Open in Paris, June 1, 2014. (VINCENT KESSLER/Reuters)

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The last time Milos Raonic faced Novak Djokovic, in the semifinals of the ATP stop in Rome, the young Canadian had nothing to show for his efforts but some red clay dust.

Fast-forward two weeks and Raonic is champing at the bit to get another shot at the world No. 2, this time on a bigger stage at the second Grand Slam tourney of the year. The two will meet in the quarterfinals of the French Open Tuesday at the fabled Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

"I'm very eager and I'm looking forward to that," Raonic, the first Canadian male to reach the final eight in a Grand Slam during the Open era, said on the ATP website. "Especially after two weeks ago, to be putting myself in that situation to get to play him again."

Although Raonic is 0-2 against Djokovic in his career -- one of the meetings came in the Davis Cup semifinals -- he was up a set in Rome before losing the second in a tie-breaker and imploding in the third. So a win over the second seed is possible for the big-serving Thornhill, Ont., native, who is second to American John Isner with 72 aces in the tournament.

"Milos is playing the tennis of his life," Djokovic said on SI.com. "He's established as a top-10 player. He has one of the best serves in the world. Very powerful, very precise. When he serves that well, there is not much you can do, really."

While Raonic tries to pull off the upset, Eugenie Bouchard will be looking to make Canadian history of her own in the quarters against 14th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. Bouchard is the first Canadian woman since Helen Kelesi in 1989 to make it to the quarters at the French Open.

Like Raonic, Bouchard will take on an opponent who won the last time they met. Suarez Navarro won easily at Wimbledon last summer.

"She's a bit unique because she has a one-handed backhand," Bouchard said. "Not many girls have that. I played her at Wimbledon last year on grass obviously, so it was faster. I think she has a very solid game. I practiced with her a few times, as well. She can really create some good angles, really rip the ball."


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