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Raonic and Bouchard advance to French Open Quarter-finals

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For the first time in history, there will be two Canadians in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam after Eugenie Bouchard and Milos Raonic cruised to fourth round victories on Sunday at Roland-Garros.

Bouchard was virtually flawless from start to finish to earn an impressive 6-1, 6-2 triumph in 52 minutes over world no. 9 Angelique Kerber of Germany. It is her third Top 10 victory of the season and ninth win a row. She dominated her opponent from the back of the court, hitting 30 winners compared to just eleven unforced errors.

Bouchard avenged her loss suffered at the hands of Kerber at last year’s U.S. Open. The tournament’s no. 18 seed will try and advance to her second consecutive Major semifinal on Monday when she goes up against Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, seeded no. 14. Suarez Navarro beat Bouchard in the third round of Wimbledon last summer. Bouchard is the first Canadian since Helen Kelesi in 1989 to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open.

Raonic became the first Canadian man in the Open Era to reach the quarter-finals thanks to a comfortable 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Spaniard Marcel Granollers. The 23-year-old Canadian broke serve on four occasions and saved both break points that he faced. He hit 54 winners compared to just 14 from his opponent. Raonic advances to his first Major quarter-final in his fourth attempt. He will face world no. 2 Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Tuesday.