ISN – Montreal, May 25, 2014 – Two Canadians were in action on the opening day of play on
Sunday at Roland-Garros in Paris, France.
Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) opened the festivities on Suzanne Lenglen court against
young Aussie wildcard Nick Kyrgios. The 19-year-old had trouble returning the
Canadian’s big serve. Raonic hit 27 aces in the match compared to just four by his
opponent. He also won 90 percent of his first serve points and needed two hours to
defeat Kyrgios 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-3. Raonic continues his strong play on clay after
reaching the semifinals of the Rome Masters and will face the winner of the
all-Czech matchup between Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely in the second round.
After winning three qualifying matches to earn a spot in the main draw, Peter
Polansky (Thornhill, ON) faced a stiff test against world no. 6 Tomas Berdych of the
Czech Republic in the opening round. Berdych needed just one break in each of the
first two sets to take a commanding 6-3, 6-4 lead. Polansky broke early in the third
set to lead 2-0, but was unable to hold on to his advantage as Berdych went on to
win 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. Polansky was making his first appearance in a Grand Slam main
draw since the U.S. Open in 2010.