Milos Raonic advanced into the second round of the Monte-Carlo Masters on Monday, defeating Italian wild card Marco Cecchinato 6-3, 7-5 in his first match on clay of the 2016 season.
Raonic blasted 13 aces and lost just seven points on his first serve en route to the triumph. Saving all three break points he faced, Raonic broke the No. 98-ranked Cecchinato once per set for the clean victory in one hour and 21 minutes.
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Next up for Raonic, seeded No. 10 in Monte Carlo, will be the winner of Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver versus Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.
In doubles, Daniel Nestor is already through to round two thanks to a win on Sunday. He and Radek Stepanek ousted Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4), 6-4. The Canadian-Czech duo will next challenge No. 4 seeds Jamie Murray – the current world No. 1 – and Bruno Soares.