Milos Raonic vs. Vasek Pospisil
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 17, 2018, 4:00 AM (EDT)|
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Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic meet in the second round of the 2018 tennis European Open.
Vasek Pospisil is coming off a straight sets win over Leonardo Mayer that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Pospisil won 82 percent of his first serve points and 82 percent of his second serve points. Pospisil won 82 percent of his total service points and saved his only break point. Pospisil has now won five of his last seven matches when you include qualifying, which is a drastic improvement from where he was a couple of months ago. As long as Pospisil continues to serve well and gives himself double-digit aces like he had in his most recent match, he’s capable of pulling off the upset here. Pospisil has won four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
Milos Raonic enters this tournament losing his last two matches, which includes his most recent performance in Shanghai, where he lost as a -700 favorite. Raonic has struggled big time with his second serve and hasn’t been as sharp as we’re used to seeing. The last time Raonic played an indoor hard court match, he won just 12 of 60 return points and didn’t force a single break point. Even with the recent hiccups, Raonic has still won 15 of his last 21 matches and is more than capable of making a run in this tournament as well. It’s just a matter of Raonic getting back on track with that second serve and not giving away easy points. Raonic has won six of his last eight matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Raonic has won all of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2014 Citi Open, a match Raonic won in 17 games. Raonic is 6-1 against Pospisil in sets played.
Pospisil has been putting together some solid victories, but it’s been a while since he’s played somebody on the talent level of Raonic, a guy who can hit him off the court. These two obviously haven’t played in years, but Raonic didn’t have many issues with Pospisil in the past and has the game that ca really frustrate the fellow Canadian.
I’ll take Raonic to win in straight sets.