Canada’s Raonic defeats Herbert, advances to 3rd round of Paris Masters

Canada’s Milos Raonic advanced to the third round of the Paris Masters with a 6-4, 6-4 win over French wild-card Pierre-Hughes Herbert on Wednesday.

The 10th-seed from Thornhill, Ont., saved the only break point he faced and had 11 aces in a match that took just over 91 minutes to complete.

Raonic, a finalist at the indoor hardcourt event in 2014, was accurate on 66 per cent of his first serves, and won 89 per cent of his first-serve points. He won 56 per cent of second-serve points.

Herbert was accurate with 57 per cent of his first serves and won points on just 66 per cent of those that landed. He won 55 per cent of second-serve points and was broken twice in six opportunities.

Raonic improved to 2-0 against Herbert.

The Canadian, ranked 17th in the world, next faces Marcos Giron. The American qualifier advanced with a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (0), 7-5 win over Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Raonic won his only other meeting with 91st-ranked Giron at last year’s Indian Wells tournament.