The third day of action at the World Tour Finals in London will see the second set of matches from group B with Roger Federer against Kei Nishikori at not before 2pm and Andy Murray against Milos Raonic at not before 8pm. After a day of breadsticks, it would be nice to see a competitive match! In case you missed it, I posted a review of my day at the O2 on Monday with photos and videos from the Federer-Raonic match HERE. For more photos, check out the Moo’s Tennis Blog Facebook page HERE… and please give it a like 🙂
Recaps from Sunday
Nishikori d. Murray, 6-4 6-4: In a disappointing first match, Nishikori prevailed for his first ever win at the World Tour Finals with a straight sets victory over Andy Murray. I was only able to watch the first set, but Murray was disappointing. After going down an early break, Nishikori settled and he was the more solid and aggressive player. There were a couple of potential turning points in the second set as Murray saved break points to go 6-4 *4-0 down and then broke to get back on serve at 6-4 4-3*. However Nishikori regained his focus to win the final two games of the match. The telling stat from the match was that Murray won just 26% of second serve points.
Federer d. Raonic, 6-1 7-6(0): Federer saved a set point in the second set to earn his first win of the week in straight sets over Raonic. Federer cruised through the first set, but faced some resistance from Raonic in the second set. The Canadian player, who was up against a heavily pro-Federer crowd, was the better player in the second set as he found some accuracy on his huge forehand. Raonic had plenty of opportunities, earning break points in multiple games, but Federer held on for the tiebreak where he dished out a tiebreak bagel as Raonic crumbled.
Previews for Tuesday
Federer v Nishikori: The winners of the first match will play in the afternoon session. This promises to be an interesting match with Nishikori likely to have gained some confidence from a first win. The pair are tied at 2-2 in the H2H; they have split their 2014 match-ups with Nishikori coming from behind to win an exciting quarter-final in Miami, 3-6 7-5 6-4. Federer won their most recent match in Halle, 6-3 7-6(4). Nishikori has played extremely well since reaching the final of the US Open. He’s beaten Fed before and should be able to keep up the pressure, unlike Raonic. I’m going Fed, but this should be a tight match.
Prediction: Federer d. Nishikori in 3 sets
Murray v Raonic: Despite a lacklustre opening set and second set tiebreak performance, I thought Raonic showed some encouraging signs in his match with Federer. He was the better player in the second set. Murray was disappointing and will need to pick up his level significantly. Raonic started to return much better in the second set against Federer and he could have a field day if Murray serves like he did against Nishikori. Raonic leads the H2H 3-1, winning their last two matches at Indian Wells (4-6 7-5 6-3, 2014) and Tokyo (6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(4), 2013). Perhaps i’m way off, but I think Milos has the beating of Andy in this one.
Prediction: Raonic d. Murray in 2 tight sets