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Raonic Dismisses Benneteau
by ATP Staff | 15.04.2013
The 22-year-old Raonic is coming off a successful Davis Cup weekend, during which he led Canada into the World Group semi-finals for the first time with victory over Italy. The right-hander was victorious in the final edition of the SAP Open in San Jose in February and improved to a 14-4 match record on the season.
"I think it's a very good start," said Raonic. "A lot of things I did well, especially only having a limited amount of preparation before here. Davis Cup was a very good thing, but it was also a very draining thing. It takes a lot of energy to get through that weekend. So I was very happy with how I was able to prepare and play today.
"From the first year to last year to this year, it's not as much of a mental stress (adapting to clay). That's the biggest change. It still takes a lot of effort for the transition and everything. But it's not as mentally draining, as stressful for me as it has been the past two years."
On his third visit to the Monte-Carlo Country Club, Raonic will face Jarkko Nieminen in the second round after the Finn dismissed Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-1, 6-2 in 62 minutes.
Milos Raonic celebrates a point during his straight sets victory against Julien Benneteau of France in their first round match during day two of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters,at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 15, 2013 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.