Photo: Mutua Madrid Open
Photo: Mutua Madrid Open

Raonic reaches sixth straight quarterfinal of the season by beating Tsonga

Maintaining his tremendous form, Milos Raonic has reached the quarterfinals of a tournament for the sixth time this season.

A straight-set 6-4, 6-4 win on a clay court in Madrid over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France on Thursday ensured that Raonic has made the final eight of every event he played in 2016, a feat all the more impressive considering his adductor injury sustained at the Australian Open semifinals.

Raonic dispatched the Frenchman Tsonga in just 72 minutes, setting up a mammoth tie against world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday at the Madrid Open.

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The world no. 10 Canadian has never beaten Djokovic in the six matches the two have played, their latest in the final of the Indian Wells masters tournament in California on hard court, where Raonic was hobbled by his injury from Australia.

This season Raonic has won the Brisbane International, made the semifinals at the Australian Open, the final at Indian Wells, and the quarterfinals in Miami, Monte Carlo and now Madrid.

Raonic versus Djokovic is scheduled for approximately 3:30 p.m. ET. It will be shown live on TSN 5 in Canada.