Fresh off his semifinal appearance in Indian Wells last week, Milos Raonic began his title bid at the Miami Open on Sunday evening with a win.
After receiving a first round bye as the tournament’s fifth seed, the 24-year-old defeated Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round. Raonic generated three service breaks in the match to ease to a comfortable victory in under an hour.
On Monday, Raonic will face Frenchman Jérémy Chardy in their sixth career meeting. The Canadian has won the previous five. Raonic was a quarter-finalist in Miami last year.
Meanwhile, Eugenie Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil were unable to escape the second round in Key Biscayne. Bouchard lost to a qualifier for the second consecutive tournament, going out 6-1, 7-6(4) to Tatjana Maria of Germany. The 21-year-old has won just one match since the Australian Open. For his part, Pospisil fell 6-2, 6-2 to ninth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. Pospisil will try and redeem himself in doubles with his American Jack Sock. The pair were crowned champions in Indian Wells.