Raonic advances to Miami Open quarters with win over Chardy

Canada's Milos Raonic returns the ball to Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych during their match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

MIAMI — Canada’s Milos Raonic advanced to quarterfinals of the Miami Open following a straight-sets victory over Jeremy Chardy of France on Tuesday.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., dispatched the unseeded Frenchman 6-3, 6-4 in just under an hour and a half and improved his lifetime record against Chardy to 7-0.

The 27-year-old Canadian, seeded 20th in Miami, cruised to the quarters on the strength of his serve, firing 12 aces and winning 73 per cent of his service points.

Raonic will meet fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro Tuesday afternoon.

Also Tuesday, teenage phenom Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., fell to 29th seed Borna Coric 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-4 in fourth-round action.

Despite clawing back to win the second set, the 18-year-old couldn’t hold off the 21-year-old Croatian, who won the match in two hours and 15 minutes.

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