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23Apr/12Off

Raonic Off To Winning Start In Barcelona

Milos Raonic defeated Alejandro Falla at the Barcelona Open today, 6-4 7-6(3).

In the opening set, Raonic was dominant on his first serve points on the rare occasion that one landed in. He was able to avoid having to face a break point, while Falla had to defend against six during the first set. The serve wasn't quite as effective for Milos in the second, but he got the job done. Here is what he had to say about today's result:

"Today was not the greatest of days, but I'm happy to put the win together and get it right. I feel like there's a lot I can do better so I'm happy to give myself another chance in the next round. Falla is a very good player. My serve was key in getting the win."

(source: ATP)

Raonic, the No.11 seed, will face the winner of Igor Andreev and Diego Junqueira in the second round. You can view the draw here. Milos is in (2) Andy Murray's quarter of the draw and could potentially face (6) Nicolas Almagro should the seeds hold. It appears that Sportsnet will begin coverage of the Barcelona Open on Thursday, April 26 when the Round of 16 gets underway.

-multi

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  1. So, Milos will play Andreev tomorrow, and he’ll need to be sharp, by the looks of Andreev’s stats v Junqueira today: 5 aces, 80% 1st serve in, won 77% of 1st serve points and 70% of 2nd serve points; no break points against him, while he had 13 against Junqueira (3 converted). And he loves clay: at Buenos Aires in February he defeated Verdasco in R16 in straight sets (lost to Almagro in quarter-finals). I expect Milos to win, but Andreev will not be a pushover.

  2. Unfortunately, it looks like there’s no coverage anywhere until 26 April, even on the official streamer for ATP…

  3. Milos must feel relieved after this win on clay. Falla played fairly well, but Milos always had the upper hand. He had a nice shot at the net and his serve helped him as always. You can feel he gets rather bored, as Sampras I reckon, when there are long rallies, bored and nervous, I should add. He really is an attacker. But playing on clay is very good for him and will help him afterwards on hard court and indoors. He is so cool when he wins : I love it ! Keep going, Milos !


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