Raonic To Face Carreno Busta In Roland Garros Last 16
Carreno Busta beats confident Dimitrov
Milos Raonic will look to reach the Roland Garros quarter-finals for the second time on Sunday when he faces Pablo Carreno Busta. Raonic leads 3-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but the pair has never met on clay.
“He's playing quite well and has improved over the past 16 months or so,” said fifth seed Raonic, looking ahead to his fourth-round opponent. “He's very solid and he's disciplined. He shows up, and he's there, and he doesn't exit the match. You really have to beat him, take it to him. It's going to be about trying to get control and trying to hold on to it throughout the match.”
When asked about his chances against Raonic, Carreno Busta said, “I have lost each time I’ve played Milos, but they were good matches. I will need to try to be very focused on my service and then try to take the opportunities on his serve. When you play on clay, maybe the serve is not the most important thing.”
Raonic, who reached the last eight in 2014 (l. to Djokovic), was leading Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 1-0 when the Spaniard retired due to a right thigh muscle injury after 28 minutes of play.
Carreno Busta, the No. 20 seed, moved into the Last 16 of a Grand Slam championship for the first time after he knocked out Bulgarian No. 11 seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes.
“I'm very happy because I’ve played three good matches here," said Carreno Busta. "I am growing up as a tennis player, so for me it is a very important thing. I will try to continue this way and be in the second week of a lot of Grand Slams.”
The 25-year-old Spaniard, who captured his third ATP World Tour title at the Millennium Estoril Open last month, withstood 14 aces from Dimitrov, who committed 46 unforced errors.
“I had a good start, but I just couldn't get into my rhythm after, simple as that,” said Dimitrov. “There's not much I can say about that. It’s a shame, because I thought I was playing well.”
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