Milos Raonic was a comfortable 3-0 in his career meetings against Pablo Carreno Busta, but his fourth encounter against the Spaniard, their first on clay, Sunday in the Round of 16 at Roland-Garros was a different story.
Raonic was pushed to five sets in a thriller on Court 1 by a Carreno Busta at the top of his game. Despite holding a one set and a two sets to one lead, the Canadian was pushed to the limit in a topsy turvy match, ultimately falling 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-7(8), 6-4, 8-6 after over four hours of play.
The Canadian was up a break in the fifth set, leading 3-1, but couldn’t close. He saved three match points when Carreno Busta served for the match at 5-4 and three more trailing 6-7 in the fifth, before Carreno Busta finally converted his seventh match point with a pretty play at the net. Raonic’s 92 winners in the match were not enough to get him through.
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This is the second straight year that Raonic has been beaten in the fourth round at the French Open by a Spaniard. Last year, he fell to Albert Ramos-Vinolas.