Milos Raonic vs. Sam Querrey
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Milos Raonic and Sam Querrey meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Milos Raonic is fresh off wining the exhibition Tie Break Tens, beating three very quality players in a unique tiebreak match. Raonic was up-and-down in his performance in Dubai, but we all know he’s one of the more dangerous players on tour when he has his serve working, and it’s clear that’s the case given what he just did in the Eisenhower Cup. There’s also reason to have confidence in Raonic this tournament given that he’s made at least the quarterfinals in each of his last four appearances at Indian Wells, making this his second most winningest ATP World Tour Masters 1000 behind only the Miami Open. Raonic has won six of his last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
Sam Querrey is coming off a three sets win over Matteo Berrettini that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Querrey won 71 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Querrey won 60 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his eight break points. Querrey entered this tournament in shaky at best form, so a hard fought two hour victory over a quality player has to feel good. Querrey obviously has help from the American crowd, and when he’s hitting his spots with his first serve, he’s a completely different player. It simply comes down to consistency with Querrey, and that’s been an issue over the past couple of years. Querrey has split his last six matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played five times and Raonic has won three of those matches, including the most recent meeting Indian Wells last year, a match that was decided in three sets. Querrey’s last win over Raonic came in Paris of 2012. The loser has won at least one set in three of the five matches between these players.
Raonic has a history of success at Indian Wells and seems to have found his serve, even if it was just an exhibition. Querrey has shown flashes of winning matches at this level and the American crowd can help, but it’s hard to trust him overall due to his inconsistency. When Raonic is taking the racket out of his opponents hands, he has the ability to roll big.
I like Raonic to cruise to the next round.