Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Milos Raonic
Friday, August 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM (Cincinnati)
The Line: Raonic +150 / Tsitsipas -170 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Milos Raonic meet in the semifinals of the 2020 tennis Western & Southern Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a one set win over Reilly Opelka that took 11 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 93 percent of his first serve points and 78 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 87 percent of his total service points and converted on zero of his zero break points. Tsitsipas got 61 percent of his first serves in play and hit four aces. Due to the retirement of Opelka, Tsitsipas gets a big rest advantage being able to advance while playing just 39 minutes in the quarterfinals. Tsitsipas has now won 22 of his last 25 matches when you include exhibition play and the Davis Cup. Tsitsipas looks to make his third career Masters 1000 final appearance and the 12th final appearance of his career. Tsitsipas has won nine of his last 10 matches on hard court.
Milos Raonic is coming off a three sets win over Filip Krajinovic that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Raonic won 80 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Raonic won 68 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his nine break points. Raonic saved four of his six break points and hit 24 aces. Raonic showed great fight after dropping the first set and managed to win a match that took almost three hours to complete. Raonic has won eight of his nine sets this tournament. Raonic hopes to make his fourth career Masters 1000 final appearance and the 23rd final appearance of his career overall. Raonic has won seven of his last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in this years Australian Open, a match Raonic won in straight sets. The match was decided in 35 games.
Raonic is more than capable of winning this match with how many free points he gets on his serve, and he has no trouble winning the previous match on hard court earlier this year. However, Raonic just played nearly three hours, a taxing match physically, while Tsitsipas was able to advance after not playing a complete set in the quarterfinals. In a time when players are still trying to get back in the swing of things, fatigue matters more than ever.
I like Tsitsipas to win this match.