11/1/12 3:00 AM | Cheryl Murray
Juan Martin Del Potro breezed into the third round, while Milos Raonic staged a royal battle to earn his spot in the round of 16.
Juan Martin Del Potro (7) def. Alejandro Falla (Q) 6-2, 6-2
This was a no-nonsense start to the Paris Masters for Juan Martin Del Potro. He was a bit scratchy on serve, losing a single service game in each set, but at no time was Alejandro Falla ever a true factor in the match.
The Colombian couldn't hold onto his own serve, which he only managed to do twice in the match, once in each set. Del Potro closed out proceedings after an hour and 17 minutes of play.
The Argentine will take on Frenchman Michael Llodra, who upset John Isner on Wednesday, in the third round.
Milos Raonic (14) def. Jeremy Chardy 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3
France's Jeremy Chardy put in an impressive effort against big server Milos Raonic, the tournament No. 14 seed. For the first two sets, Chardy was spectacular on serve. Raonic didn't have so much as a whiff at a break-point chance.
Raonic also served well, with the Canadian putting in 16 aces in the first two sets alone. Neither he nor Chardy made any inroads at all on the return and sets one and two were decided with tiebreakers. It was Chardy who took the first, then Raonic to level the match at a set apiece.
Chardy earned the first break points of the match in the third set, but Raonic managed to serve his way out of trouble. Chardy wasn't able to do the same when Raonic finally got his first break points. The Canadian broke the only time in the match in the third set to get the win.
Raonic battles American Sam Querrey in the round of 16.
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