Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic was happy with his first round performance against France's Lucas Pouille at the Montreal Masters. Raonic, seeded at No. 17, survived a tricky Montreal opener as he handed a straight-set defeat to 30th-ranked Pouille 6-4 6-4.
One break of serve in each set was enough for the big-serving Canadian, who didn't allow a single break point to the Frenchman in an hour and 12 minutes of play. "You know, I just sort of stuck around. There was few ugly games here and there.
Obviously, the first match it's never necessary about playing your best but giving yourself an opportunity if you can to win and I have a chance to continue in this tournament," Raonic told Sportsnet Canada on the court after the match.
"I served well. Once I got ahead I took care of things and I felt like I was able to, you know, clean up my game and I played better as the match went on so I'm happy with that." World No. 19 Raonic plays next against a Canadian as he awaits the winner of the match between rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime and former world No. 25 Vasek Pospisil.