Raonic eases into round of 16, Bouchard falls at Indian Wells

Monday, Mar 14

Canada’s top two tennis players posted opposite results at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Monday, with Milos Raonic advancing into the fourth round of the men’s draw while Eugenie Bouchard fell in the third round.

Raonic needed only 36 minutes to earn his fourth-round spot, leading 6-2, 3-0 over Bernard Tomic when the Australian retired from the match. Tomic had entered the third-round duel with an existing right wrist issue.

The No. 12 seed will next face No. 6 Tomas Berdych, who defeated teenager Borna Coric, for a place in the quarter-finals.

In doubles, Raonic and fellow big server John Isner lost to Spaniards Marc and Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 7-5 in the second round. For her part, Bouchard was undone by No. 12-seeded Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 in what was their first-ever meeting. Lasting two hours and 22 minutes, Bouchard was broken six times and fell behind early in both the first and third sets.

Raonic is now the only Canadian still standing in singles, while Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil both remain in contention in the Masters 1000 event’s doubles draw.