Raonic vs. Sock
|Date & Time||Sunday February 26, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
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The Line: Sock +218 / Raonic -258 -- Over/Under: 22.5
Jack Sock and Milos Raonic meet Sunday in the final of the 2017 Delray Beach Open.
Jack Sock is coming off a straight sets win over Donald Young that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Sock won 87 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Sock continues his strong start to the 2017 season and has yet to lose a set this tournament. Sock has been very consistent with his service game as of late and has racked up 14 aces in his last two matches. Sock hopes to win his third career singles title and second this season. Sock has five career victories over top-10 players with four of them coming last season. Sock has won 10 of his last 12 matches on hard court.
Milos Raonic is coming off a straight sets win over Juan Martin Del Potro that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Raonic won 83 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Raonic is also off to a strong start in 2017, as he’s won eight of his last nine matches and has dropped just one set this tournament. Raonic has been very sharp with his service game and is one of the tougher players on tour to beat when hitting his spots and playing with confidence. Raonic hasn’t lost to a player outside of the top-15 since his 2016 loss to Ricardas Berankis in Basel. Raonic looks to win his ninth career singles title and first since the 2016 Brisbane International. Raonic has won eight of his last nine matches on hard court.
These two have met 10 times in the past and Raonic has won eight of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Shanghai Masters, a match Sock won in three sets. Before that contest, Raonic beat Sock in eight straight matches.
Raonic will be the favorite here given his form, experience and the fact he’s owned Sock throughout his career. However, Sock is playing some of the best tennis of his career right now and will have confidence considering he did beat Raonic the last time he saw him. Also, Sock has a rest advantage with his match being over in the afternoon while Raonic played into the night. This is a quick turnaround for the Canadian who also had a more taxing match that included a second set tiebreak.
I’ll take Sock to win his third title.