Schwartzman vs. Raonic
|Date & Time||Sunday March 25, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Milos Raonic and Diego Sebastian Schwartzman meet in the third round of the tennis 2018 Miami Open.
Milos Raonic is coming off a straight sets win over Mikael Ymer that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Raonic won 78 percent of his first serve points and 79 percent of his second serve points. Raonic looked like his old self in his last match, hitting 16 aces, not being broke once and taking advantage of a weak second serve. When Raonic is getting 72 percent of his first serves in play, there’s very few players on tour who are going to have a chance to even compete with him. Raonic has had his struggles out of the gate recently, but he made the semifinals in Indian Wells and played well in the second round of this tournament, so maybe he’s ready to snap out of that funk. Raonic has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.
Diego Sebastian Schwartzman is coming off a straight sets win over Nicolas Jarry that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Schwartzman won 71 percent of his first serve points and 59 percent of his second serve points. Schwartzman cruised in his victory, winning 88 percent of his service points and 63 percent of his return points. Schwartzman is off to a decent start in 2018, with much of his success coming in Brazil on clay court, but he’s been serving extremely well and usually wins his matches with ease when he’s hitting well. It’ll be interesting to see if Schwartzman can continue this success on hard court, as he’s really struggled on this surface recently. Schwartzman has won five of his last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in last years Brisbane International, a match Raonic won in straight sets. The match took 17 games to be decided.
Raonic seems to have gotten past his slow start to the season and is back to racking up tons of free points with his service game. Schwartzman has no consistent success on hard court, as he’s been a much better play on clay over the years. Raonic should be able to use pace against him and blast winners across the court.
Like the last and only time these two played, Raonic wins in straight sets.