ROLAND GARROS 2014
Djokovic Sets Raonic QF Clash
by ATP Staff|
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic reached his 20th Grand Slam quarter-final in a row on Sunday at Roland Garros with a resounding 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory over French hope Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Serb advanced in just 89 minutes, improving to a 12-5 record in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Tsonga. He converted seven of his nine break points and benefitted from 38 unforced errors from the racquet of Tsonga. The match was in stark contrast to two years ago, when the pair contested a gripping quarter-final at Roland Garros, which Djokovic won in five sets after saving four match points.
"I didn't go through happy moments today," said Tsonga. "It was not fun for me. It was tough. I didn't have time to go for my shots. I didn't get off to a good start. Then against this type of player, things started to deteriorate. He played better and better."
The 27-year-old Djokovic goes on to face Milos Raonic for a place in the semi-finals. Djokovic has won their past two meetings, but their contest two weeks ago at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament in Rome saw the Serb pushed all the way.
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Djokovic is looking to reclaim the World No. 1 spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings and complete the career Grand Slam with victory this year at Roland Garros. The Serb was runner-up to Rafael Nadal in 2012 and lost a thrilling semi-final to the Spaniard last year.
Djokovic is on a nine-match winning streak following his victory in Rome (d. Nadal), which was his third trophy of the year, adding to titles in Indian Wells (d. Federer) and Miami (d. Nadal)
Raonic advanced to his first Grand Slam quarter-final as he dismissed Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. He is the first Canadian in the Open Era to reach the last eight at a major.
"It's a good thing," said Raonic. "If you asked me would I have ever thought that the first one would come at the French Open, I probably would not have answered that way, but I'm happy about it. I'm very happy with the level I'm playing [at this year], and I think it's just showing in the results. I think that's just a consequence of all the work I have been putting in."
The 23-year-old Raonic hit 54 winners, restricting Granollers to just 14, and broke his Spanish opponent four times from five opportunities to cruise to victory in one hour and 54 minutes.
"I think I played the important moments well," said Raonic. "There were a few moments where I'd be up quite handily on my serve, and I'd sort of drift away for a little bit, but when it came down to the wire I was playing those moments well."
Looking ahead to the match-up with Djokovic, Raonic said, "I'm very eager and I'm looking forward to that. Especially after two weeks ago, to be putting myself in that situation to get to play him again."
The Toronto native survived a five-set contest with French hope Gilles Simon in the third round but has not dropped a set in his other three matches. Raonic has a 19-7 match record on the season, highlighted by reaching the semi-finals in Rome.
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