Milos Raonic falls to Djokovic at French Open
Canadian loses in straight sets to Serbian
Canadian Milos Raonic was eliminated by No. 2 seed Novak Dkojovic 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the French Open Tuesday in Paris.
Meanwhile, Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal advanced to the semifinals earlier Tuesday, defeating Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5.
Raonic, the No. 8 seed from Thornhill, Ont., fired 21 aces but converted only one of two break opportunities in the match, which also lasted two hours 22 minutes.
Raonic, the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam singles quarter-final in the post-1968 Open era, stalled in the third set but managed to break Djokovic as the second seed was serving for victory at 5-2. Djokovic closed it out two games later when a Raonic forehand sailed wide.
The last Canadian to reach a men's singles semifinals at a Grand Slam was William Johnston at the 1923 US Championships. Robert Powell (Wimbledon, 1908) is the only other Canadian to reach a men's singles semifinal.
"Im not in a good mood, losing pisses me off," Raonic said. "I try to step back and see the big picture. I'm getting better, it's not a loss for nothing. I've gone farther in a Slam than I have before and I've learned things even from this loss."
Djokovic advanced to the semifinals for the sixth time in his career, and he'll be looking for only his second win at that stage.
Djokovic is a six-time major champion, but he still needs to win the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam.
Only 1 final for Djokovic
He reached the semifinals at Roland Garros the last four years, but only made one final, losing to Rafael Nadal in 2012. He also made semifinal appearances in 2007 and '08.
"He didn't allow me to do what I wanted," Raonic said. "He played close to (the) baseline and didn't let me dictate. But I'm doing a lot of things better at this stage."
Djokovic's next opponent is No. 18 Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who followed his victory over Roger Federer with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Djokovic, 27, and Gulbis, 25, go way back, having overlapped in their early teens at a German tennis academy. Their paths quickly diverged, with Djokovic focusing on tennis and thriving, to the tune of six major titles. Gulbis admits he enjoyed the nightlife too much for his game's good.
Only recently did Gulbis realize he needed to take his job more seriously.
"It's really important, for my happiness, just to be successful on the tennis court," Gulbis said. "Forget about the money. Forget about fame. It's just about my inner comfort. That's it."
Djokovic will be playing in his 22nd career Grand Slam semifinal; Gulbis in his first.
In mixed doubles, Toronto's Daniel Nestor and French partner Kristina Mladenovic dropped a 6-3, 1-6, 10-3 quarter-final decision to third seeds Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan and Brazil's Bruno Soares.
With files from The Associated Press