(ISN) – Montreal, August 31, 2014 – Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) moved through to week two at the U.S. Open on Saturday in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Raonic, seeded fifth, opened play on the Grandstand court. He improved his tiebreak record to 6-0 this tournament thanks to a 7-6(5), 7-6(5), 7-6(3) victory over Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic, who is playing the best tennis of his career at 34 years of age. The match featured a total of six breaks of serve, three by each player, but still, all three sets finished in a tiebreak. After the match, Raonic said he enjoyed playing on the intimate Grandstand court.
“It was a lot of fun the atmosphere out there. I’m glad I was able to play well in the important moments,” he said.
In Monday’s round of 16 Raonic will face tenth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan for the second Grand Slam in a row. Raonic defeated Nishikori in the fourth round at Wimbledon this year.
For her part, Bouchard pulled out another tough three set win under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4 over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic. It was a close battle throughout with Bouchard seemingly close to the win on several occasions only to have her opponent fight back. The decisive break came at 3-3 in the third and she was able to hold onto her lead.
Bouchard, seeded seventh at Flushing Meadows, joins Maria Sharapova as the only players on the WTA to reach the fourth round or better at all four Grand Slam events this season. The 20-year-old Canadian will take on Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Monday.