Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Madrid R1 - David vs Milos Raonic















Update
Two poor service games, one in the first set and one in the second, made the difference in the end, as David couldn't find a way of making any inroads on Raonic's serve, let alone break it. So after an hour and 14 minutes, it was the young Canadian, who prevailed 6-4, 6-4.

More tonight...


(Getty Images/AP Photo; montage by VD)













Last week, David got to face two young players in the early rounds. And chances are that he had no idea of what was going await him on court. Today, David gets to face another young player. But this time, he'll know what he's in for. At last year's Copa Claro, David still hadn't heard of Milos Raonic. But a month later, he mentioned him in an interview as an example of the up-and-coming generation of new players. And during the Australian Open this year, they practiced together. So even though this is their first official meeting, David will know what he's up against.

21-year-old Milos Raonic is what you could call the top newcomer on the Tour. At the beginning of the last season he was still ranked outside the Top150. Since then, he has moved up to currently #23 (his highest ranking so far) and he has won altogether three titles. Two of which came earlier this year, at Chennai and San Jose, plus a final appearance at Memphis. But although he has had his best results on hardcourt, Raonic has shown that he's also able to do well on clay. Most recently at Barcelona, where he reached the semifinal (lost to David Ferrer).

Milos Raonic's biggest weapon is of course his serve but with his attacking game and especially with his forehand he's also able to dictate play during the rallies. Unless David can find a way of keeping him busy and on the back foot. In the past, David usually did well against big servers with an offensive game. Whether he's currently in the kind of form to do so again today - that remains to be seen.
The other big uncertainty factor in this match is the surface, the blue clay at the Caja Magica. Other players have described it as slippery, rather fast and not as high-bouncing as a more traditional clay court. While David's opinion is still unknown. But although he usually prefers faster surfaces, in the case of this match it'll also favour his opponent.
In short, this will be a very tough test for David.

27 comments:

  1. As always, nice photo montage Julia :)

    Raonic is definitely the toughest newcomer David will have to face so far this year. But something tells me the score will be very close, David will have to seize the very few opportunities that he'll get on Raonic's serve.


    And yaaaay I'm off today, so talk to y'all later. And good luck David!

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  2. Thanks. Finding a usable pic of Raonic turned out to be very difficult as he tends to make strange faces when he plays - and I didn't want the matching pics to look like I'm making fun of him... ;)

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  3. Raonic will win easily

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  4. I'm not quite as pessimistic as that.

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  5. is it me or the atp official scoreboard is down? I can't see anything displayed.
    looks like Verdasco will close his match out very soon, David next! :D

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    1. Yep, scoreboard is down at the moment.

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  6. Julia you need to lighten up.

    It's ok to critisize David, he is not a god you know.

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  7. I'm not the one who throws a fit when he loses. ;)

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  8. it not being pessimistic its being realistic
    nalbandian looks very bad right now and raonic looks good
    so there is only one outcome
    unless nalbandian decides he wants to really do something with his career

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  9. as i see it julia its the first time in my life i really dont believe he could win
    he just broke my spirit to pieces i dont believe he can do something unless he improves rapidly

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  10. so predictable
    i am laughing while i see it
    nalbandian right now is so weak its mindblowing

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  11. Can someone send me a link im struggling..

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  12. No luck with LiveScoreHunter or SportLemon?

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  13. http://lsh.lshunter.tv/static/popups/9454502654750.html

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  14. Yeah just got it. Come on david

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  15. Hes findin it so difficult to return raonics serve today, need a bit more urgency as well, come onnn

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  16. He's not the only one who finds Raonic's serve difficult to return...

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  17. Poor game being 30-0 up. Its now or never, hes gotta break.

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  18. terrible match by David but Raonic did his job and his serve was great, as usual. It could've been worse, given David's serve today.. but well. Bad luck for the draw...

    one set all between Granollers and Berlocq, the scoreboard is still down, so I don't know what's going on.

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  19. No, it was not a terrible match from David and his serve stats are actually pretty good by his standards. Those two games were poor. And that's all it takes against a big server.

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  20. In reality, 4-6, 4-6 is respectable against Raonic. The guy serves 16 aces in 10 service games and wins 100 percent of the points on his first serve. Really tough to deal with, and definitely bad luck on the draw. I had a link in Italian for the match. Still, it dropped off for several games.

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  21. Nah it was far from terrible. Like they said on sky sports 2, you cant lose concentration or have any blips against players like raonic. Like u said, 2 bad games cost him, other than that he didnt play terrible at all. He found it difficult against raonics serve but thats understandable

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  22. How i said easily for raonic, i really hope he can play better in rome but the draw will be probbaly pretty much the same unfortunatly....but you never know but in this form the draw actually doesnt matter.... Let's Hope the best

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  23. what I meant by terrible is that we knew (and he knew it, I guess) very few poor games could make him lose the match, and that's what happened. Who knows what could've happened if he held those 2 service games (we'll never know though :)). But it could've been worse as well.
    bad luck for the draw :(

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  24. Charly Berlocq has just lost vs Granollers. At least, David won't be distanced this week, I'm soothed already :)

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  25. He should have lost 7:6 7:6.Mentaly He is not in The top 50 anymore! it is realy bad that we need to support against Berloq and chela.

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  26. I think a lot of players from the Top50 would've lost to Raonic today. And take Barcelona, Murray didn't do that much better than David, losing 4-6, 6-7. Almagro only got six games against him. Raonic's serve was simply too good today.

    Of course it's not really nice, having to root against Chela and Berlocq. But well, it's David's last chance...

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