Second seed Novak Djokovic stormed into the quarter-finals of French Open 2014 after demolishing home crowd favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in eighty-nine minutes of play at the Court Philipp Chatrier. The Serb was in his own world in the opening stages as he converted a couple of break points to rush to a 5-0 lead. The thirteenth seed Frenchman got on the board in the subsequent game, but was just putting off the inevitable since Novak served out the opener straight after. The second set commenced in an almost identical fashion with Nole creating a double break cushion by 5-2 and while his rival clawed one back, the former number one held to love in the following service game to pull two sets ahead. Tsonga’s disastrous afternoon continued in the third set as he failed to answer any of Djokovic’s questions and suffered three losses of serve as a result. The Roland Garros 2012 finalist turned in the match point number one to celebrate a smashing 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory.
Nole’s quarter-final opponent Milos Raonic, seed number eight, also progressed in straight sets after a very consistent display against unseeded Spanish player Marcel Granollers. The 23-year-old Canadian efficiently converted four out five break points he had created, whilst his serve remained intact throughout the round of 16 encounter. He won 79 % of the first serve rallies, scored 54 winners to Granollers’s 14 and hit 6 aces – three more than the Spaniard – en route to the 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 triumph. This is the first time Raonic has reached the quarter-final stage at any of the Grand Slam tournaments.
“It’s a good thing,” said Raonic. “If you asked me would I have ever thought that the first one would come at the French Open, I probably would not have answered that way, but I’m happy about it. I’m very happy with the level I’m playing [at this year], and I think it’s just showing in the results. I think that’s just a consequence of all the work I have been putting in.”