Milos Raonic was back in action Thursday morning, looking to make his second career quarter-final appearance at the Mutua Madrid Open. Standing in his way was David Goffin of Belgium, the tournament’s ninth seed. In the end, it was the Belgian who came out on top, winning 6-4, 6-2.
The fast-serving Canadian struggled on his serve early in the match, going down a break in the first game of the set. After quite a few lengthy rallies, Raonic seemed to get more comfortable and began dictating play, pushing Goffin from side to side.
Despite the rise in Raonic’s level of play as the match went on, his opponent’s defensive play and service returns were the deciding factor in the first set. Goffin took the set 6-4 in 39 minutes.
The two players had met three times prior to Thursday, with Raonic leading the head to head with two wins. None of their previous matches had been disputed on clay.
Raonic had a better start to the second set, firing two aces in the opening service game, after only getting two aces in total in the first set. Facing a few break points early on, the Canadian managed to serve his way out of trouble.
He was unable, however, to hold off the Belgian, who went up a break and never looked back. Although he had some solid moments in the match, Raonic had difficulties getting into a rhythm against a resilient and quick-moving opponent. In a match that lasted a little over an hour, the Belgian got the best of the Canadian and booked his spot in the quarter-finals.
Up next for Goffin is the winner of the match between Nick Kyrgios (16) and Rafael Nadal (4).
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