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Raonic falls to Carreno Busta in five set thriller at Roland-Garros

Jun 04, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

 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.

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.