Madrid: Canadian Milos Raonic continued his clay-court education on Tuesday, as the world number 25 schooled with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 first round defeat by Spain's Feliciano Lopez at the Madrid Open.
It was the second time in 72 hours that the 20-year-old from Thornhill, Ontario, had been beaten by a Spaniard. Raonic had to quit with back pain in the weekend Estoril semi final against Fernando Verdasco.
Raonic will now have a chance to recover before jumping back into the grinding run-up to the May 22 start of the French Open. He is due to play in Rome, another Masters 1000 event, which begins on Sunday.