Milos Raonic suffered his seventh consecutive loss at the hands of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday in the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open.
After winning just two games against the Serb in the Indian Wells final earlier this year, Raonic made this match competitive before ultimately falling 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic needed one break in each set to secure a straight sets win. Raonic had a chance to level the second set at 5-5, but was unable to convert.
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Despite the loss, Raonic is the only player on the tour to reach the quarter-finals of the first four Masters 1000 events of the season.
Next up is the second Masters 1000 clay court tournament getting underway tomorrow in Rome. Raonic is seeded no. 11 in the draw and will face Italian wildcard Marco Cecchinato in the opening round for the second time in this clay court swing. For his part, Vasek Pospisil will open against another local favourite in Andreas Seppi. In the women’s draw, Eugenie Bouchard will take on Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic.