Milos Raonic upsets Grigor Dimitrov, but Juan Martin del Potro through
Milos Raonic claimed the scalp of Grigor Dimitrov at the Madrid Open, but Juan Martin del Potro and Kyle Edmund are safely through.
Former Wimbledon runner-up Raonic came into the match with only one win over Dimitrov, but he held firm to claim a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 victory in just over two hours.
The Canadian claimed one break of serve in the first and third sets to earn himself a third-round encounter against compatriot Denis Shapovalov, who beat France’s Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4.
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Fourth seed Del Potro had an easier evening as he beat Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6-3.
The former US Open winner, who will face Dusan Lajovic next, broke twice in each set but Dzumhur did manage a break of his own in the opening set.
“On clay he’s a very powerful player, he plays a very intelligent game,” Del Potro said of the Serb Lajovic. “It’s going to be a tough match, like all of the matches on clay for me. I will just try to play a little bit better than today.”
Edmund, meanwhile, earned himself an encounter against Novak Djokovic as he breezed past Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, winning 6-4, 6-0.
“I don’t care, I’m just going to go out there and play my game, I can’t be worrying about him,” Edmund said of Djokovic.
“There’s hundreds, so many players to be worrying about (whether) they’ve turned a corner. I think the person who’s playing the best on clay at the minute is Rafa (Nadal).”
Croatia’s Borna Coric also advanced with an upset 6-4, 6-2 win over ninth seed Pablo Carreno Busta, while Dutchman Robin Haase also claimed an impressive6-2, 6-0 win over South Korean Chung Hyeon 6-2, 6-0.
Twelve seed Jack Sock was another early casualty as the American lost 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-0 against Pablo Cuevas while 16th seed Fabio Fognini went down 6-3, 6-4 against Leandro Mayer from Argentina.
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