ATP World Tour Finals, Day 1 Preview: Roger Federer v Milos Raonic

RaonicThe night match on Sunday starting at not before 8pm in the UK will feature a Paris rematch between Milos Raonic and Roger Federer.  I’m excited because I have tickets for this match :-). The pair played in the quarter-finals of Bercy with Raonic snapping a six match losing streak to stun Federer in straight sets, 7-6(5) 7-5.  Raonic had plenty to play for and earnt his spot at the World Tour Finals by virtue of that win and Kei Nishikori surviving another three set thriller against David Ferrer.  There hasn’t been a great deal of support for Milos, but the Canadian player has a good shot in this group, having beaten all three opponents in 2014.

It’s been a year of steady progression for Raonic.  He reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open and then went one better at Wimbledon, reaching the semi-finals.  Raonic also won the biggest title of his career in Washington, an ATP 500 tournament. On the other side of the net, Federer has had an excellent year.  He wasn’t able to win the elusive 18th Grand Slam but in comparison to 2013 where he struggled with injuries, it’s been a superb year.  Federer has judged his schedule smartly this year; in my opinion, he has reaped the benefits from taking a full off-season and not playing any exhibitions at the end of 2013.  Up to Toronto, Federer was 2-6 in finals; however Roger has really come through in the second half of the year, reaching three finals and winning them all to take his tally in 2014 to five titles.  This has included two Masters 1000 victories in Cincy and Shanghai.

This wouldn’t have been a particularly engaging match-up had it been for Raonic’s victory in Paris.  Federer comfortably defeated Raonic at Wimbledon (6-4 6-4 6-4) and Cincy (6-2 6-3) in their previous clashes in 2014.  Raonic lacked belief and any real purpose in those matches so it was impressive to see him record his first win over Federer last week.  Raonic is coming into the tournament with confidence, but also likely some nerves, having never competed at the World Tour Finals.  The O2 crowd is normally a very pro-Federer crowd (even more than usual) and I think the world number two will be out for revenge.

Prediction: Federer d. Raonic in 2 sets

6 thoughts on “ATP World Tour Finals, Day 1 Preview: Roger Federer v Milos Raonic

  1. Not sure why you have to keep saying Milos has no support?? Not everyone has to post their opinion on message boards and Facebook in order to support a player. Lots of people in Canada appreciate and support him and are excited about his progress and growth this year. I was really glad to see him beat Federer and I am relieved to see some new faces rising up in the tennis world. Watching the same people winning over and over again is very predictable and boring. Not everyone wants Federer to win all the time…but this is the first time I have written about it. In any case it shouldn’t the reviews be about how they play not whether people like them or not?

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    • Well the majority of the post is about how they play or not. I only mentioned the Milos support thing because I think it is unfair on him. And i’m not a Federer fan so I agree when you say “not everyone wants Federer to win all the time”!!!

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      • I agree. On twitter Raonic gets a LOT of unfair criticism. You see a lot of comments like “if he’s the future of tennis then I may as well stop watching” type comments which are pretty disgusting. Presumably it’s because he plays a fast game with less rallies than the standard players of today. But then Federer also plays quick games with fast serves and short, aggressive points…

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  2. I’m glad to hear some other people agree. People don’t like him because he is a threat I guess. He’s not perfect but nor is anyone else! Lots of people bad mouth many players actually and it is all really disrespectful. It makes me annoyed. Just watch tennis people and stop criticizing all the time!

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