Ramos-Vinolas Causes Upset For First Major QF
Spaniard into his first quarter-final at his 19th Grand Slam championship
Ramos-Vinolas, the only left-hander remaining in the draw, recorded just his second Top 10 win in 23 attempts by beating eighth seed Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.
"I'm very happy," said Ramos-Vinolas. "I didn't expect this. After losing last week 6-1, 6-1 against [Stan] Wawrinka, I was a little bit down because I was expecting a little more in Geneva last week. I don't know why things seem to be falling into place this week. Although this is not Raonic's favourite surface, I feel quite humbled to have won against him."
Raonic put Ramos-Vinolas under pressure in his opening service games, but the Spaniard held his nerve and broke twice en route to a 5-1 lead.
Raonic could have taken a 3-0 lead in the second set, however Ramos-Vinolas saved six break points in an 18-point third game. He went on to break Raonic to 30 for a 5-4 lead.
Ramos-Vinolas, who saved six of seven break points during the pair's second meeting, converted his third break point opportunity at 4-4 in the third set. Serving for the match, Ramos-Vinolas took a 40/15 lead, but was forced to save one break point prior to clinching his 18th match win of the season.
It was just his eighth victory at the four major championships (8-18 overall) and denied Raonic a spot in his second Roland Garros quarter-final and his 50th tour-level win on clay.
"I have to say [that] I'm disappointed I lost," said Raonic. "The main reason I think I lost was because the foundation of my game wasn't there. I didn't serve well... I gave myself opportunities on his serve, but the day is a lot easier for the other guy when I don't serve well. I fought as hard as I could. That's probably the thing I will be the most proud about."
Coming in, Ramos-Vinolas had not won a match on Parisian clay since 2011, but had ended a seven-match losing streak by beating No. 23 seed Jack Sock in the third round.
The 28-year-old Spaniard had previously recorded his only Top 10 victory against Roger Federer in the 2013 Shanghai Rolex Masters second round.