Canadian Milos Raonic has pulled up an upset over Swiss Stan Wawrinka, last year’s winner at the Roland Garros. Raonic won a five-set thriller on Monday to advance to the quarterfinals.
The 25-year-old took 3 hours and 45 minutes to edge past former champion Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park for the second consecutive time.
The 13th seed Canadian will now face France’s Gael Monfils in the last eight stage.
The Swiss possessed a 4-0 winning record on his Canadian counterpart, but Raonic reduced the margin with a thrilling win in a major clash knock Wawrinka out of the competition.
Wawrinka showed his class to fight back from two sets to restore parity. But Raonic was the better player of the day, and this was more evident in the final set of the match. Wawrinka’s backhand failed him on Monday and he lacked his fire-power.
Both Raonic and Wawrinka reached the fourth round without dropping a set. A cracker of a match was expected out of them. The stars didn’t let down spectators at Melbourne Park.