Tennis predictions – Raonic vs Kyrgios – Miami (USA)
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A highly expected duel will take place tonight in the quarter finals of the Miami (USA) tournament. Raonic vs Kyrgios is a fixture between two brilliant youngsters, but with totally different states of mind.
Raonic is having an outstanding season, currently occupying the 12th place in the ATP Rankings. He claimed the title at Brisbane (AUS), after defeating Federer in the final, has also reached the Australian Open semifinals, being knocked out only by Murray after a rough battle and last but not least, he has also reached the final at Indian Wells (USA), losing the final act against the world leader, Novak Djokovic. With already 8 titles to added to his name, Milos was the occupant of the 4th seed for a brief period last year. He has a formidable serve and his right hand is outrageously lethal. These two things didn’t show too much in the final against Djokovic, as Raonic seemed to be overwhelmed either by the opponent or the conjuncture. As far as the Miami tournament goes, he cruised past Kudla (USA) in the first round, with the score of 7-6, 6-4. He then encountered Jack Sock (USA), and the American player posed serious trouble for Milos. Sock had 5 break points, but took advantage of neither of them. 7-6, 6-4 was the final score in favor of the Canadian, who disposed of Dzumhur (BIH) in the Round of 16 without any sweat.
Kyrgios has reached the 26th position in the ATP Rankings, and Nick’s career is in full ascension. He only has a single trophy in his cabinet, obtained this year in the Marseille (FRA) tournament. He did not have it easy in the French tournament, as he had to go past Gasquet (FRA), Berdych (CZ) and Cilic (CRO) in order to get his hands on the trophy. That was quickly followed by a semifinal presence in Dubai (UAE), where Nick withdrew from the game against Wawrinka (SUI). At Indian Wells, Nick had a disastrous tournament, as he was knocked out in the first round by Ramos (SPA). At Miami, he had quite an easy route so far, with opponents like Baghdatis (CYP), Smyczek (USA) and Kuznetsov (RUS), the young Russian being the only one to give Nick some work.
If you want to have a chance against Kyrgios, you need to hit the gas pedal from the very first minute, just like Kuznetsov did. Unfortunately for the Russian, he was unable to finish the job. H2H, the Canadian has a 2-1 lead, but these two have only met at Grand Slams. Given the fact that both are big servers and don’t lose their serve all that much, we should be in for a marathon and even if the over may be appealing, mistakes are definitely bound to appear between these two.