Aljaz Bedene vs. Milos Raonic
|Date & Time||Sunday December 30, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
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Milos Raonic and Aljaz Bedene meet in the first round of the 2019 tennis Brisbane International.
Milos Raonic is in full struggle mode, as he’s lost six of his last eight matches, and that includes losing one of his two exhibition matches in Hawaii. The good news is that Raonic continues to serve well and piles up the aces, which always keeps him in matches and puts pressure on his opponent. The bad news is Raonic has had major issues with his return and hasn’t done a great job of keeping the ball in play. Raonic honestly hasn’t looked great since making the fourth round of the US Open. Raonic has to get back to the basics return wise if he’s going to snap out of this current funk. Raonic has split his last six matches on hard court.
Aljaz Bedene hasn’t played since failing to qualify in Paris, which means he’s gone two months without playing a competitive match. Still, Bedene has won six of his last eight matches, which includes a title in Orleans, France, in challenger play. Also, five of Bedene’s last seven matches have been decided in three sets, so he’s been consistent in competing regardless of the result. Bedene hasn’t had a ton of recent success on the main tour, but if he’s able to stay in the form he left the 2018 season with, he could be a player to keep a close eye on moving forward. Bedene has lost his last five matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Istanbul of 2017, a match Raonic won in three sets. The match took 35 games to be decided.
Bedene may be in better form, but he doesn’t play a whole lot on outdoor hard courts and hasn’t had a lot of recent success on the main tour. This is a surface that should favor Raonic’s power serve, and you have to like the fact he’s gotten two practice matches out of the way to knockoff some potential rust. This match favors Raonic and should help him get out of this funk.
I’ll take Raonic in straight sets.