Lucas Pouille vs Milos Raonic
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 23, 2019, 2:00 AM (EST)|
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Canadian tennis superstar, Milos Raonic is playing exceptional tennis as he has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP Australian Open. At this stage of the tournament, Raonic is set to play against Lucas Pouille from France.
Lucas Pouille won his previous match in 4 sets as he beat Borna Coric. During the win, Pouille returned serve exceptionally well as he won over 33% of the points played during Coric’s serve. Lucas Pouille won 4 break points which allowed him to win the 2nd, 3rd and 4th sets. It has been an exceptional tournament for Lucas Pouille and that has resulted in the Frenchman reaching his career best at the Australian Open. That being said, this is going to be a very tough match for Pouille as he is playing an opponent who is in exceptional form.
On the other side of the court, Milos Raonic beat Alexander Zverev with ease in the previous round. It was an outstanding performance by the Canadian as he made the world number 4 look very ordinary. Milos Raonic won 6 return games while winning 92% of his service games to set up a comfortable, straight sets victory. Milos Raonic is very experienced and he has a good record at Melbourne Park as he made the semifinals of the tournament in 2016. With favourable conditions and good form, Milos Raonic will be very hard to stop in this match.
Milos Raonic and Lucas Pouille have played 3 times in the past. As it currently stands, Raonic has a 3-0 record against Pouille. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 where Milos Raonic won in straight sets.
All in all, I am going to pick Milos Raonic to win this match. Raonic is more accomplished and is playing better tennis. Furthermore, Raonic has an exceptional record against Pouille. With all that in mind, I see Milos Raonic claiming victory in this match.